Posted .

Beautiful smiles don’t happen by accident, they are created by regular attention to healthy teeth and gums. Although most people focus their efforts on their pearly whites, their gums are just as important. Not only are the gums visible along with the teeth, but they support the teeth as well.

Gingivitis occurs when oral bacteria is not removed every day by brushing and flossing to clear out food particles and excess bacteria which can inflame the gums as plaque builds up. Gingivitis (the early stage of gum disease) is treated by stepping up daily brushing and flossing habits and incorporating an oral rinse. Mouthwash reduces bacterial plaque and remove food particles loosened by brushing and flossing action. Plaque–the sticky film coating teeth and gums–creates toxins which irritate healthy gums, causing swollen gums that bleed when you brush and floss.

Periodontitis occurs when gingivitis is left untreated. With periodontitis, pockets are created in the gum tissue below the gumline allowing food particles and plaque to accumulate. Now the jawbone and fibers holding your teeth in place deteriorate as gum tissue in the pockets become infected. Unless treatment interrupts this stage, the teeth in these pockets can shift and loosen until they eventually fall out.

To Keep Gums Healthy:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day for at least two minutes.
  • Floss at least once a day between teeth and the teeth and gumline.
  • Rinse with a mouthwash that is designed to kill bacteria and prevent plaque.
  • Get a professional dental cleaning every six months to remove hardened plaque.

Regular dental checkups and cleanings are vital for preventing, detecting, and treating gum disease as early as possible. If you would like to schedule a visit with Dr. Jayson C. Haws to brighten your smile, please call our Haws Family Dentistry team in Brigham City, Utah at 435-734-9144 today!