healthy gums DaltonYou hear about cavities constantly, and we’re all aware of the potential for tooth decay. But when was the last time you considered your potential for gingivitis? We’re working to promote gum disease awareness, and we want to ensure that you have the right tools to keep your smile periodontitis-free.

Our gums are such an important part of our smiles. Think about it – without proper gum lines, our smiles would not only look bizarre, but our teeth would totally lack support. Tend to your own gums to make sure that your smile lasts – and you’ll have a better chance of avoiding tooth loss and future damage. Here’s how to get started.

Floss Regularly and Properly

healthy gums DaltonYou’re probably tired of being told to floss. But the reason we’re always throwing out reminders is because flossing goes so often overlooked, and can make all the difference in keeping gingivitis at bay. Think about the areas of your mouth that floss accesses – many of them are spots that a toothbrush can’t reach. The spaces between your teeth often harbor bacteria and food particles, making them great places for cavities to set up house.

You need to floss to clean these areas, and you should check on your flossing method to ensure it’s as efficient as possible. That way, you get to spend less time flossing, but still reap the benefits.

Be Aware of Gum Disease Risk Factors

You are at a heightened risk of developing periodontal disease if you are:

  • Using tobacco products
  • Genetically predisposed
  • Experiencing dry mouth
  • Taking certain medications
  • Routinely clenching and grinding your teeth

Schedule Regular Dental Exams

If you visit us every six months, it gives Dr. Barton an opportunity to spot signs of impending gingivitis. If we catch gum inflammation in its early stages, it’s much simpler to resolve the problem – before it becomes a serious infection. Is it time for your next exam? Just schedule online, or give us a call at (706) 226-3404.

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