Gum Problems (cont.)

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What is the best way to care for your gums?

The best way to care for gums is to develop a routine of good oral hygiene at home and regular visits to your dental professional. Seek specific advice about how to properly clean around the teeth. As a general rule, it is recommended to brush twice a day and floss daily. More care and attention is especially important for those with dental braces and dental work such as dental crowns because dental plaque is often retained around these areas. Address any changed areas such as sores or discolored areas that persist in the mouth so that early treatment is possible if needed. During pregnancy, hormonal changes make the gums more sensitive and easily prone to inflammation. Good dental hygiene is essential at this time to prevent a quick progression of gum problems.

Is it possible to prevent gum problems?

Most gum problems are preventable or, at the very least, can be controlled. For some individuals with inherited gum disease, it can be a lifelong effort to keep the gum disease in check. Identifying problems at an early stage with self-monitoring and regular dental exams is key to avoid potentially bigger problems down the line. Finally, good dental care is essential at home and with your routine dental professional visits.


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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/2/2015

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