The day after Thanksgiving is when we kick off the holiday shopping season and fight those high prices from the rest of the calendar year.
This year, while you’re waiting in line for those Black Friday doorbuster sales, fight something else in celebration of good oral health. That’s because it’s also National Flossing Day, so Alluring Smiles is telling you how to fight gum disease with some best practices for healthy teeth and gums!
Fight Gum Disease With Prevention!
Alluring Smiles is always here to help you fight gum disease! But prevention begins at home with your oral care routine.
We abide by the recommendations of the American Dental Association for best dental care practices. The first step in preventing oral health problems is to brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristle toothbrush.
Another important thing to remember when it comes to brushing is to do it for about two minutes. If you want to make sure you’re timing it correctly, use a smartphone app with a timer or play a song while you brush. You should also use a toothpaste with fluoride.
The reason we’re even talking about oral hygiene today is to raise awareness about the importance of flossing! The ADA recommends flossing every single day to clean food particles and plaque from those nooks and crannies between your teeth and around your gumline.
The last step in preventing gum disease is to come to Alluring Smiles for dental cleanings and exams at least twice a year. If Dr. Portocarrero knows you’re especially susceptible for developing this infection, he may recommend you visit us more frequently until he’s confident your teeth and gums are protected.
Look For These Signs Of Gum Disease!
Gum disease is so sneaky! It can take years to really overcome your oral health because it’s not something that shows itself easily. You can have the early stages of gum disease for a long time and never see the evidence of it when you look in the mirror.
This is one of the reasons that it’s so important to keep regular professional dental care as part of your annual routine. Dr. Portocarrero and our skilled hygienists know what to look for and how to keep it in check. The earlier we can spot signs of the disease, the faster and more effective we can be in our efforts to eradicate it.
But you can be vigilant at home as well by knowing what to look for. Here are some common warning signs that gum disease could be taking hold of your teeth and gums:
-Red, Swollen Gums
-Persistent Bad Breath
-Pus Coming From Your Gums
-Pockets Of Separation Around Gumline
The longer gum disease is allowed to wreak havoc in your mouth, the harder it will be to treat. Visiting us every six months, or more in depending on your risk factors, is a great way to keep it from ruining your oral health.
Know The Risk Factors For Gum Disease!
Is good oral hygiene enough in the fight against gum disease?
Not necessarily. That’s because despite your best efforts, you might be an increased risk for gum disease and will need to take extra precautions.
Here are some of the most common risk factors:
-Lack Of Oral Hygiene
-Pregnancy & Other Hormonal Changes
-Alcohol / Substance Abuse
If any of these risk factors apply to you, we encourage you to talk to Dr. Portocarrero so he can help you keep gum disease from affecting your smile and your overall health. Vigilance is important, so we want you to feel completely comfortable keeping the lines of communication open so we can do all we can to help you!
Get Gum Disease Treatment!
This year, as you fight high prices on Black Friday, remember that you should also fight gum disease with good oral hygiene habits and regular visits to Alluring Smiles!
We can help you fight and win the battle against gum disease in Mesa, AZ. With gum disease treatment at Alluring Smiles, you can get your oral health back on track and keep your smile healthy and beautiful!