Healthy smiles involve healthy gums, which is why September has been designated as National Gum Care Month. This is a time when you should brush up on some oral health care tips to help protect yourself from gingivitis. Prevention is always preferable to treatment, so here are a few ways to reduce your likelihood of getting gum disease in Fishers, IN.
One of the simplest ways to reduce your chances of developing periodontal disease is to follow a recommended home oral health care routine. You should brush and floss every day. Brushing should really be done twice daily, and flossing should be done at least once. The easiest times to brush are first thing in the morning and right before you go to bed. Make sure your toothbrush has soft bristles to avoid gum irritation, and if you need help picking out a good toothpaste, be sure to talk to one of our dentists. You can also incorporate an antibacterial mouthwash into your routine to help get rid of bacteria.
With proper oral health maintenance, you only need to see a dentist for a checkup twice a year to take care of stubborn plaque. Your gums will be checked for any signs of damage, and if a dentist believes you need to make changes to your oral health care routine, they will offer you expert advice. You also get a thorough cleaning during these visits, so they are a great way to get peace of mind.
During a checkup, our dentist may recommend some lifestyle changes in order to help you maintain healthy gum tissue and prevent complications. For example, if you smoke, then you will be advised this greatly increases your risk of gum disease. Many chemicals are found in tobacco that can exacerbate gingivitis. It may also be recommended that you make changes to your diet or reduce stress.
If you have not seen our dentist in a while, then September is a great time to get back into the routine. Dr. E. Dale Behner will set you on the right path, so contact us at 317-348-3922 to schedule your appointment.