Gum Health Basics: Everything You Need to Know

Gum Health Basics: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by WAYNE H. MORI on Nov 9 2021, 09:48 PM

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47.2% of adults aged 30 years and above, and 70.1% of adults aged 65 years and above have some form of periodontal disease (gum disease).

If you too are suffering from gum health issues and need effective dental treatment and care, get in touch with  Dr. Wayne H. Mori, in Portland, OR.

The Role of Gums

The gingiva or the gums is the surrounding tissue that safeguards the teeth and the underlying bone. This soft tissue forms a seal by attaching to the teeth therein protecting the underlying bone and acting as a barrier against oral infections.

Taking Care of Your Gums

Caring for your teeth and gums can help prevent gingival inflammation and periodontal disease. Here are some helpful tips to keep your gums healthy and strong:

  • Using the Right Toothbrush

The type of brush you use plays an important role in maintaining your oral health. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a rounded tip to protect your gums while brushing.

  • Use Fluoride Toothpaste

Using toothpaste that contains an adequate amount of fluoride helps protect your gums and teeth from the acids produced by the bacteria present in your mouth. 

For best results, the American Dental Association recommends you brush at least twice a day for two minutes each time.

  • Floss Every Day

Flossing your teeth is important. In fact, it is just as important as brushing them. Flossing allows you to clean the areas where your toothbrush can't reach, preventing tartar and plaque buildup.

  • Use Mouthwash

Also known as ‘oral rinse’, mouthwash not only controls bad breath but also helps reduce the risk of cavities. Mouthwash cannot replace brushing or flossing but can be effective in preventing gum disease when added to your oral care routine.

  • Drink Water

Drinking fluoridated water helps remineralize your teeth and washes away leftover food particles. Water also dilutes the acids in your mouth, preventing your teeth from causing decay.

  • Visit a Dentist Regularly

Visit your dentist regularly for dental checkups and cleanings, at least twice a year. Your dentist will professionally clean your teeth and will also check for signs of cavities, gum disease, and other issues.

For gum disease treatments, schedule a consultation with Dr. Wayne H. Mori. Call us at (503) 230-881, or visit the office at 700 NE Multnomah, St Suite 850, Portland, OR 97232.

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