Healthy gums are the foundation of a healthy smile. Diseased or damaged gums can affect the overall health and function of your smile. Dr. Gregory Hillyard and Dr. Alexandra Monroe understand how important it is to improve and maintain the health of your gums. They want patients to know the best ways to improve their gum health. If you require gum disease treatment or an in-depth dental cleaning, call our Media, Pennsylvania dental office at 610.756.0649, or request an appointment with our team online. Learn about the best tips for keeping your teeth and gums healthy below:
Floss Between Teeth
Flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth and is an essential part of maintaining excellent gum health. When you floss between teeth, you are removing plaque and debris between the teeth, which will otherwise turn into tartar or may even lead to gum disease. Gum disease is a bacterial gum infection that often can lead to receding gums or tooth loss if left untreated. Common signs of gum disease are bleeding and swollen gums.
Visit Us for Gum Disease Screenings
During each biannual dental visit, we will screen patients for gum disease. Like most oral diseases, when periodontitis is caught early, it can improve your chance of receiving successful treatment. Catching gum disease early may also reduce your risk of requiring more advanced treatment. During a gum disease screening, we will assess your risk for gum disease and check for any warning signs. Early stages of gum disease may often be reversible with our professional care and personalized treatment plans.
Receive Professional Dental Cleanings
Brushing and flossing your teeth every day is an integral part of maintaining a healthy smile. However, it is also important to receive regular professional dental cleanings. During a professional dental cleaning, one of our highly trained dental hygienists will use special tools to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums for a deep clean.