One minute each day could be the difference in keeping your teeth or losing your smile.
Most people don’t know it, but the day after Thanksgiving is … National Flossing Day. For us, this is a great reason to provide a reminder of the importance of preventive care when it comes to gum disease.
That should include a consistent daily oral hygiene routine and regular dental visits. If you haven’t scheduled your next dental checkup, then call 256-801-0002 to plan your next appointment at the office of Jennifer Perkins, DDS.
Protect Your Gums To Protect Your Smile
According to the American Dental Association, you should do three things routinely to protect your teeth:
- Get professional dental cleanings and exams
- Brush your teeth twice per day
- Floss every day
Despite this advice, only 4 in 10 people in a recent ADA survey said that they floss daily. Of the 6 in 10 who don’t floss daily, two don’t floss ever. Knowing that can help explain why health experts estimate that 70 percent or more Americans will develop gum disease. Nearly half of adults in the United States have some form of advanced periodontal disease, based on information from the Centers for Disease Control.
When more than half of the population isn’t flossing as often as they should, those numbers aren’t are surprising as they could be. That isn’t the only reason we want to encourage you to continue or to start cleaning between your teeth and gums daily.
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. Flossing isn’t going to stop every gum infection, but it can prevent many of them from getting out of hand.
If you don’t like using dental floss, then we want to suggest a few alternatives. Flossers, which have short handles as a strand of floss on one end, are more comfortable for many people. Water picks are can be as effective as flossing when they are used correctly.
When To Seek Help
Knowing that gum disease is so common, you should refresh your memory on the symptoms of this condition.
To start, healthy gums feel firm and are pink in color. In the early stages of an infection (gingivitis), your gums feel swollen and begin to appear redder. You also may notice bleeding when you floss or brush your teeth. At this stage, you may be able to treat the problem by flossing more regularly.
If you don’t take action, gingivitis could progress into periodontitis. At this stage, you should seek professional care. Watch for one or more of these symptoms:
- Gums that bleed easily
- Lingering bad taste or bad breath
- Receding gums
- Pimple-like bumps on your gums
- Gums that are tender or sore
- Loose teeth
Please don’t wait to get help if you notice any of these symptoms. We can treat your infection.
Your Oral Health Starts With You
Taking charge of your oral health means doing what you can to fight periodontal problems. Getting regular checkups at Jennifer Perkins, DDS, in addition to brushing and flossing daily, can make a difference in your long-term oral health.