Gum Problems (cont.)

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What's 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. 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. 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.

Can gum problems be prevented?

Except in unusual cases, 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. Nevertheless, good dental care is essential at home and with your dental professional.

REFERENCES:

"Gum Disease and Heart Disease." American Academy of Periodontology.

"Gum Disease Risk Factors." American Academy of Periodontology.

"Periodontal Diseases: Percentage of Adults with Destructive Periodontal Disease." Oral Health, U.S. 2002 Annual Report. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)/CDC.

"Periodontal Diseases: Percentage of Adults with Gingivitis." Oral Health, U.S. 2002 Annual Report. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)/CDC.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/11/2014

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