Most people know the importance of caring for their teeth, but did you know that taking care of your gums is just as important? Gums play an important role in the health and function of your smile. Much like a turtleneck, the gums stabilize your teeth in your jaw and help keep the sensitive tooth roots protected. Any plaque that builds up on the teeth affects the health of your gum tissue first and can lead to the first stage of gum disease if not properly cared for by our periodontists at Nashville Periodontal Group. 

How to Care for Your Gums

  1. Brush daily. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day ensures that the sticky plaque does not accumulate along your gum line and irritate your gums. This reduces the risk of developing gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease.
  2. Floss regularly. Flossing removes the food debris that collects between your teeth. While less noticeable than plaque build-up on your gum line, the plaque between your teeth is just as harmful to your gums and oral health. Keep the plaque under control to ensure you do not develop cavities or gum disease.
  3. Rinse your mouth. Rinsing your mouth daily with fluoride mouth wash can help loosen and remove the food debris that you may have missed while brushing and flossing. Mouth wash also rinses away any bacteria that may have accumulated in your mouth.
  4. Eat healthily. Not surprisingly, food plays a big role in the health of your gums and teeth. Stick to a well-balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, and dairy, and minimize sugary foods and sodas. Drinking the daily recommended amount of water can also help wash away food particles and bacteria inside your mouth.
  5. Don’t smoke. Smoking and tobacco use greatly increases your risk of gum disease. Smoking weakens your immune system, making you more susceptible to the bacteria-releasing plaque that accumulates on your teeth. It also makes it difficult for your gums to heal if you need treatment.

Have Red, Swollen Gums?
Don’t wait to schedule an appointment with our periodontist if you notice signs of gum disease in Nashville, TN, including red, tender gums that bleed when you brush and floss. Call (615) 800-3686 now or request your consultation online.