The Importance of Caring for Your Gums and Teeth

As you age, many oral health problems are common. Gum disease, shifting teeth and tooth decay are problems that millions of Americans deal with, but also things that can often be avoided with just a little bit of preventative care. In National Gum Care Month this September, we want you to understand the importance of caring for your gums before they develop problems.

How to Prevent Disease

As serious as periodontal disease can be, the preventative measures are as simple. In just a few easy steps each day and a conscious decision to care for your mouth, you can save yourself the pain and discomfort of gum disease and the money that comes from treatment when the condition is advanced.


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Caring for your gums is much the same as caring for your teeth regularly. The following habits can greatly reduce your chances of developing periodontal disease.

  • Brush twice a day: While it’s beneficial to brush after meals if possible to remove plaque and debris trapped between gums and teeth, you should at least be brushing once in the morning and once at night. If you can’t brush after a meal, make sure to rinse your mouth out with water.
  • Floss regularly: Floss at least once a day to get rid of plaque and particles along the gumline and between the teeth. Even your toothbrush can’t get to some spots, so flossing helps greatly.
  • Understand your risk: Smoking, age, genetics and diet can also be risk factors when it comes to gum disease. If your risks are higher, speak to a dental professional regularly.
  • See a periodontist: Every year you should be seeing a periodontist to discuss your gum health and what steps you need to take to ward off gum disease.

Contact Us

Periodontists specialize in plaque level, bone structure, bite, gums and issues with your teeth that contribute to gum disease. Call us today at Advanced Periodontics and Dental Implant Center of Connecticut to schedule an appointment with Dr. Amato to ensure your gums are healthy.


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