Healthy gums are part of the foundation of your overall oral hygiene. Gums are the soft tissue in your mouth that attach the tooth to the bone structure. Their purpose is to cover the teeth and bones for protection and an added layer to prevent bacteria from entering. If your gums are swollen or hurt, it’s often one of the first signs that your oral health needs attention.
Inflamed gums may indicate gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease. As many as 47% of Americans over the age of 30 and more than 70% of adults aged 65+ suffer from gingivitis. When left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, which is a severe form of gum disease where the gum is infected and may cause damage to the bone.
To prevent gingivitis or periodontitis, we recommend using Tooth & Gum Tonic. This alcohol-free and non-staining treatment is a professional strength, all-natural alternative to traditional periodontal treatments which helps decrease the bacteria in your mouth. It provides a versatile antimicrobial rinse that is ideal for both initial treatments and long-term periodontal maintenance. It controls gum inflammation, bleeding, and has many other positives effects. We also recommend other good hygiene practices, like gently brushing your teeth and flossing once a day to keep your gums healthy.
If your gums are hurting, it’s time to take control of your oral hygiene. Call Crabtree Valley Dental today at 919-985-7300.