Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Gums – Frames for Your Teeth!
Your gums are the frames for your teeth and keeping them happy and healthy is a sure way to keep your smile bright.
“The first thing to keep in mind about gum health is seeing your dentist on a regular basis,” says Dr. Judith Ko from her Hemet CaliforniaGeneral and Cosmetic Dental Practice. “Your dentist makes the decision of frequency based on many factors including decay activity, bone loss, calculus and buildup of plaque. Your dental insurance benefit plan is looking at the general population, not you as an individual.” So if your dentist is recommending you come in more frequently, you’ll be better off taking their advice.
To keep gums and teeth happy brushing and flossing is a must. As is using the right brush. “It doesn’t matter whether you use a manual brush or electric brush,” adds Dr. Ko, “as long as the bristles are soft and the ends of the bristles rounded.” Use a gentle circular motion when brushing to remove debris and never a back and forth motion as you are more likely to damage tissue and remove enamel.
Finally, remember the floss. Flossing plays a major role in gum health. Find the right floss that works for you. Then gently work the floss between teeth, moving it up and down around the surfaces of each tooth.
Keeping your gums healthy this year will result in a beautiful smile that will last you a lifetime.