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Improving Gum Health


The health and strength of your teeth is important for your dental health and overall health. The foundation of all teeth is your gums so ensuring they are as healthy as they can be is very important. You’ve been informed by your Ottawa dentist about the importance of flossing regularly to improve your gums, but are you doing it?

When you don’t maintain your gum health you may need to have to go through the process of having teeth extracted. 30 to 35 percent of extractions are caused by periodontitis, which is gum disease. She said healthy, supporting tissues in the mouth can be eaten away; teeth can either fall out or need to be extracted. Periodontal disease (gum disease) is caused by plaque, which, according to Gentile, is a sticky film of bacteria that is always forming on our teeth. She added, “If teeth are not cleaned well, plaque bacteria can cause your gums to become inflamed and pull away from your teeth. This forms a space called a pocket and trap plaque that cannot be removed with tooth brushing.”

Tooth brushing only reaches above the gum, Gentile said. A major symptom of periodontal disease is bleeding with flossing. Look for blood when you spit into the sink while brushing or flossing. “Your gums should be pink and tight,” she said. “You should be able to brush and floss them with no bleeding.” Other symptoms can include red, swollen or tender gums. You may also notice your teeth shifting as you bite down. That’s because of the loss of tooth support.”

Gum health is very important. Make sure you keep up with regular flossing (in addition to daily brushing and rinsing) and visit your Aylmer dentist regularly.

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