Dr. David not only focuses on the health of your teeth; he keeps a careful eye on the health of your entire mouth from teeth to tongue to gums. In fact, your gum health can have far-reaching repercussions. Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss, and has links to heart disease and other serious health conditions, like pneumonia. To achieve healthier gums and a healthier smile, follow the following tips:

  1. Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day
  2. Healthy gums start with superb oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time to prevent gum disease (don’t forget your tongue!). When you brush, use a soft-bristled brush, as medium or hard bristles can irritate gums and cause them to recede. Additionally, be sure you’re brushing your teeth gently, as brushing vigorously can also irritate gums.

  3. Floss Every Day
  4. Flossing removes the pesky bacteria and food particles that build up between your teeth and under your gumline. Without daily flossing, bacteria and plaque sneak under your gumline, causing irritation, inflammation, and eventual infection.

  5. Quit Smoking
  6. Smoking weakens your immune system and diminishes your ability to fight off infection in your gums. To decrease your risk for developing gum disease, quit smoking as soon as possible.

  7. Learn the Warning Signs
  8. Like many common dental conditions, gum disease can be treated and even reversed if detected early enough. Early warning signs include red, swollen, or tender gums that bleed easily. So if you notice your gums appear this way, let our team know. We can develop a treatment plan that will restore your gums to full health!

  9. Regularly Visit Dental Wellness Phoenixville
  10. We recommend our patients coming to see us for a professional cleaning every six months. This way, we can keep an eye on any potential problem areas before they develop into serious issues that are more painful and expensive. Our team can provide treatment for a wide range of dental issues and suggest tips to improve your oral health at home. Moreover, professional cleanings remove any bacterial plaque and tartar, which is hardened plaque that can only be safely removed by a professional.

To ask our team about your gum health or to schedule your next visit to our office, contact us today!