How To Maintain Healthy Gums

Your oral health is an important part of staying healthy. Chantilly, VA family dentist, Dr. Quynh-Chi Nguyen provides comprehensive, personalized dental care in order for patients to stay healthy. Patients should understand that having a healthy smile just doesn’t affect your teeth, but your body as a whole. Having unhealthy gums has been linked to cardiovascular and lung problems. Taking care of your gum health can help you stay healthy in other areas of your body. There are a few tips to help you stay on track and maintain healthy gums:

Take advantage of preventative care and dental cleanings. A dentist doesn’t recommend seeing them twice a year just to see your beautiful smile, but to make sure your smile is healthy. During each visit, Dr. Quynh-Chi Nguyen carefully exams your teeth for things like tooth decay, gum disease, and cavities. Preventative care visits help assess the health of your teeth and check for any signs of complex problems. If caught early enough gum disease can be reversed. Regular dental cleanings can help remove tartar and plaque from the teeth. Tartar and plaque can lead to gum disease if not properly removed.

Make sure you are flossing properly. Many people are unaware that they aren’t flossing properly. Not flossing properly can cause pain in the gums and can also mean your not removing plaque and bacteria that accumulates on the teeth throughout the day. Learning how to floss properly is key to removing any debris from the teeth. When that debris is left on the teeth it can become tartar and become harder to remove at home.

Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Brushing your teeth after each meal is a sure way to make sure debris doesn’t get stuck in your teeth. Food particles can harbor in between the teeth causing plaque and tartar to form if they aren’t properly removed.

Know the signs of gum disease. Knowing the signs of gum disease can help you catch it in its early stage of gingivitis. Catching gum disease early can help Dr. Nguyen treat it properly and effectively. Some of the signs of gum disease include:

  • Swollen gums
  • Bleeding while flossing or brushing
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gums

Knowing the signs of gum disease can help you take charge of your oral health and get you the help you need. Dr. Nguyen at Paridise Smiles of Chantility is here to help keep your teeth healthy and bright. Please feel free to schedule an appointment online or give us a call at 703.483.9823