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By Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
May 23, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

It’s really not difficult to keep gums healthy and gum disease-free. We can help!oral hygiene

Most people think about their oral health and their thoughts immediately go to how to keep their teeth clean. Of course, how often do you think about the health of your gums and what you are doing to ensure that they remain healthy, too? If this isn’t something that’s often on your mind, don’t worry. Our Shelby, NC, dentist, Dr. Joseph Hendrick, Jr., is here to offer up some useful advice for maintaining healthy, beautiful gums, too!

Floss Everyday

While most people brush everyday, not as many people take time to floss their teeth. If you are someone who often forgets or never does it, it’s time to add flossing to your daily routine. While brushing is great for removing food and plaque from the front and back surfaces of your teeth, it won’t be able to effectively clean between teeth. This is why floss is crucial. Flossing is one surefire way to remove food particles and plaque buildup from between teeth to prevent decay.

Visit Your Dentist

Even if your teeth and gums feel great and you are a generally healthy person, you still should come in every six months for preventive care and cleanings. Our Shelby general dentist can inspect your gums and look for early signs of gum disease. If gum disease is caught early enough it can be reversed. Plus, we can also thoroughly clean your teeth and gums to remove plaque and tartar buildup, which are responsible for the development of gum disease.

Avoid or Quit Smoking

Smoking can cause some serious problems for your oral health. From causing dental implant failure and chronic bad breath to increasing your chances of gum disease and oral cancer, there are so many reasons to ditch the habit if you are a smoker. If you continue to smoke with unhealthy or diseased gums, it can also affect how effectively they heal.

Consider Mouthwash

If you are someone who is at an increased risk for gum disease then you may want to talk to us about whether you could benefit from therapeutic mouthwash. This can help keep tartar buildup down while also removing plaque and food from your teeth. Perhaps this could be a great complement to your oral care routine.

It doesn’t have to be that difficult to prevent gum disease. We are here to offer you thorough preventive care exams every six months to guarantee that if there is an issue we catch it as early as possible. Call our Shelby, NC, dental office if you need to schedule your routine dental visit.

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