How Do I Keep My Gums Healthy?

Multiple factors, from poor oral hygiene to family history, could impact our risk of developing gum disease. Poor gum health increases the risk of discomfort and tooth loss. However, our Woodland Hills, CA, patients can take a few simple steps to improve their periodontal health!

Brushing and Flossing

Routine homecare helps strengthen oral health and protect the health of your teeth and gums. You should brush your teeth twice daily, once when waking up and again before going to bed. Each time should take two minutes and employ a toothpaste containing fluoride. We also suggest flossing every night before bed, which removes the food particles a toothbrush cannot reach. These steps help protect the gums from inflammation, which could arise as a result of poor oral hygiene.

Stop Smoking!

Did you know that cigarettes and other tobacco products impact the health of your gums? In addition to boosting the risk of a variety of different cancers, tobacco products also increase the risk of periodontitis, the advanced stage of gum disease responsible for adult tooth loss.

Scaling and Root Planings and Routine Care

Every six months, we suggest patients undergo a routine exam and cleaning. The exam allows us to watch for signs of trouble and treat your gums before the disease forms. The cleaning portion helps remove plaque buildup, which inflames gum tissue and leads to periodontal problems. If you do have the early stages of gum disease, then a scaling and root planing (also known as a deep cleaning) allows our team to remove plaque buildup and tartar, improving oral health and allowing us to manage the disease. If you have any questions about caring for your smile and avoiding poor periodontal health, then contact our team today.

Talk To Woodland Hills Dental Arts About Periodontal Health

Healthy gums mean improved oral health, so don’t ignore any changes to your smile. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Woodland Hills Dental Arts in Woodland Hills, CA, today at (818) 347-5124. We also proudly work with patients from Thousand Oaks, Westlake, Encino, Sherman Oaks, and all other surrounding areas.