To Keep Smiling, Do More Than Just Clean Your Teeth
When you look at your smile in the mirror, what do you want to see?
You probably would like to see a full set of healthy teeth, but what else should you have? Hopefully, you have healthy gums, too, especially if you want to keep that attractive smile.
Gum disease is the leading cause of lost teeth in the United States, which is why it’s so important that you take care of your gums.
February is Gum Disease Awareness Month, which why we are taking some time to discuss healthy gums. Periodontal treatment and prevention is an important part of what we do every day here at River Oaks Dental. If you haven’t yet scheduled your next dental checkup, please call our office in Jacksonville, FL at 904-348-0416.
Stay Healthy As Long As You Can
If you care about your smile, then make time to care for your gums. Your best option for doing this is preventive care.
At home, you should brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time. Be careful to clean your teeth from all angles and to scrub your tongue when you finish.
As important as brushing is, a toothbrush isn’t as effective at cleaning the spaces between teeth and gums. This is why the American Dental Association also recommends flossing daily. If you are someone who either can’t or won’t use dental floss, you should consider using flossers or a water flosser instead.
Last but not least, you should make professional dental cleanings and exams a regular part of your oral care routine as well. During a checkup, our team will remove any plaque or tartar buildup from your teeth. That in and of itself will reduce your risk of periodontal problems and tooth decay.
If we do find signs of a gum infection, we are more than prepared to help you treat it.
Get Your Gums Back In Shape
Periodontal therapy is an important service that we offer for our patients in and around Jacksonville.
Many times, the first step is a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. This is done to remove plaque and tartar below the gumline. This also involves smoothing the surface of your roots, which can help your gums reattach to your teeth after your treatment.
For more advanced cases, we may recommend an antibiotic as well. Arestin is applied directly in your gum pockets. Over the course of a month, it’s slowly released to fight the bacteria that cause gum disease and to reduce your risk of reinfection.
Follow-up appointments are particularly important for patients who have developed periodontal disease. Unfortunately, this can become a chronic condition for many people. As a result, you may need cleanings more frequently to keep your gums in good shape.
Healthy Smiles Need Healthy Gums
The next time you look at your smile in the mirror, pay attention to more than just your teeth. Take a close look at your gums. If they look redder than usual, appear puffy or swollen, or are bleeding, then contact River Oaks Dental for treatment.
Call 904-348-0416 to make an appointment with us.