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How To Get Healthy Gums

Wondering how to get healthy gums? Here are five simple steps that will give you a beautiful, healthy smile that you can be proud of. Courtesy of Dr. Silk of All Smile Dentistryhttp://www.allsmiledentistry.com/

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How To Get Healthy Gums

  1. 1. HOW TO GET HEALTHY GUMS Five Simple Steps! Presented by
  2. 2. Introduction Tender gums. Bleeding gums. Swollen and red gums. These are all common issues that people experience at some point in their life due to periodontal disease (also known as gum disease). Over 64 million adults have some stage of gum disease, and a significant portion of them don’t even realize it. When gum disease is left untreated, it progresses and the infection spreads. The end result is tooth decay, bad breath, pain when chewing and in some cases tooth loss. The bright side is that gum disease is absolutely avoidable! By taking the proper steps, you can have healthy gums free of disease and infection. We’ll break down some of the most important aspects of maintaining healthy gums so that you can have a beautiful smile that you’re proud of!
  3. 3. You should brush your teeth a minimum of twice a day. Brushing eliminates plaque before it has the opportunity to build up and get into the gums. Keep in mind that the way you brush your teeth is important too. Brush Regularly Don’t brush too hard Use a soft bristle toothbrush Consider using an electric toothbrush for more effectiveness Brush at a 45-degree angle Brush for around 2 minutes each time
  4. 4. The first sign many patients get that they have gum disease is after they floss for the first time in a long period and they experience bleeding gums. Flossing at least once per day allows you to dislodge any food particles stuck between tooth and eliminate plaque. Flossing isn’t only good for your teeth, but your heart as well. Studies show that people who floss regularly have a lower risk of developing heart disease. Choose a brand and type of floss that you enjoy and will use. There are several options. Floss Daily Floss tape/ribbon Traditional floss Floss picks
  5. 5. You may think that mouthwash just freshens your breath, but its primary use is killing bacteria that lives inside your mouth. There are several brands of mouthwash available, and it’s best to consult with your dentist to decide what the best option is for you. Some popular features of mouthwash are: Use Mouthwash Fluoride added: Good if you are not getting enough fluoride Anti-Plaque/Gingivitis: Good for patients who already have some gum disease Sensitivity: Great for patients who have sensitive gums or teeth Alcohol free: Good for children or people with sensitive mouths
  6. 6. The foods you eat have a large impact on your gum health. Avoid junk food and foods that are high in sugar. Eat more natural, whole foods that are packed with vitamins and nutrients like. Some good choices for gum healthy foods are: Watch Your Diet Apples Dairy such as milk, cheese and yogurt Leafy greens such as spinach, kale and romaine lettuce Raw onion
  7. 7. If you’re not visiting the dentist for routine checkups and cleaning, you’re at an increased risk of developing gum disease. Dentists offer professional cleaning to treat the areas regular brushing and flossing can’t. The dentist will also be able to spot potential issues before they fully develop and become problematic. It’s recommended that you visit the dentist once every six months. This can vary depending on your oral health. Visit The Dentist
  8. 8. About Us Dr. Silk graduated in 1997 from Wake Forest University with a degree in Sports Medicine, he then pursued a graduate degree from West Virginia University in 2001 with a doctorate in Dental Surgery. He has practiced in the Northern Virginia area for over 10 years. He enjoys taking as many continuing education classes as possible to stay focused on the latest advances in dentistry. In his spare time, he enjoys being with his family and playing various sports activities. He listens to patients’ needs and tries to be as gentle as possible. In 2012 he was nominated as one of the Top Dentists of Northern Virginia. Dr. Silk www.allsmiledentistry.com