How to Evaluate Your Gum Health at Home

Our gums are so important, but so often overlooked. While they may not be as noticeable as our teeth, they're the supporting structure for our smiles. And the soft tissue that makes up your gums sometimes needs some extra TLC.

Periodontal disease is one of the most serious dental conditions and can lead to tooth loss. If you're hoping to stay vigilant and prevent it from taking hold, here are signs to watch for during daily life. Make sure your gums are healthy to help support your smile for many years to come!

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums. It occurs when plaque has begun to build up on your teeth. The sticky, thin film of plaque contains bacteria. These bacteria produce acids. Both of those irritate the gums and give rise to inflammation.

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and can be stopped with improved oral hygiene. If it progresses to periodontitis, you will need more serious professional care like a deep cleaning. But gingivitis alone can be treated at home with rigorous brushing and flossing, healthy eating, and gum-healthy habits. So it's key that you catch it in its early stages.

Signs your gum health may be suffering

How can I support healthy gums with my daily habits?

If you're at risk of developing gum disease, these are the best daily steps to take:

Ready to have your gums evaluated by a professional? Schedule your next dental exam today.

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