Last time you noticed your smile, you were probably paying attention to your teeth. But what about the structures that make your entire smile possible? Our gums are incredibly important, but they often play second fiddle to our enamel - mainly because they're not as apparent when we smile.
Just because you don't see your gums doesn't mean they aren't a big part of your life. Not only is gum health tentatively linked to whole body health, but gum disease can be debilitating and disfiguring. This post will help you learn more about why your gums are secret dental weapons, and what you can do to keep them in top shape.
Why Our Gums Are So Crucial
Spot Signs of Gingivitis At Home
There are a few different levels of gum disease, with the earliest being gingivitis. This is an inflammation of the gums. Once they're swollen, it's easier for them to become infected - causing more serious periodontitis to lurk just around the corner.
Staying vigilant to spot gingivitis is the best course of action. The sooner you can receive treatment, the less involved that treatment will need to be - for some patients, they can actually resolve their gingivitis at home with renewed oral hygiene and a careful plan of attack. The problem? Gingivitis doesn't always show dramatic symptoms that you can easily notice. That's why it's imperative that you schedule dental exams every six months. By getting yourself into the office, you give Dr. Okamura a chance to monitor your gumline and look for areas of concern.
Just in case your gingivitis is symptomatic, here's what to look out for:
Taking Extra Steps toward Periodontal Protection
Floss is your friend!
As with all things dental, for gingivitis, prevention is the best bet. With a few simple tweaks to your daily oral hygiene and consistent exams, you should be able to keep periodontal disease at bay. Make sure to embrace the following:
Best Way to Prevent Gum Disease & Gingivitis
As we mentioned earlier, make sure to schedule a dental exam every six months so that Dr. Kim can watch for signs of gingivitis. Time to schedule? Contact us online or at (206) 362-3200.