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Gum Health

Considerations for healthy gums

We need to consider that the structures supporting our teeth must be healthy. Healthy gums are key to achieving this.

How can one tell if they have healthy or unhealthy gums?

The best way to determine gum health is by paying attention to your routine. Pay particular attention when you're brushing. If you notice any bleeding during brushing or flossing, this is a sign of unhealthy gums.

Causes of unhealthy gums

Unhealthy gums are often caused by insufficient flossing, which allows bacteria to enter our gums and cause inflammation.

How can unhealthy gums be treated?

Unhealthy gums can be treated with a professional cleaning, followed by maintaining good oral hygiene. Being consistent with your brushing and flossing is crucial to maintaining healthy gums.

What does the procedure of a dental cleaning involve?

The cleaning procedure may require anesthetic to ensure patient comfort. Once comfortable, I clean out all the tartar and buildup. After removing all plaque and tartar, I educate the patient on how to maintain healthy gums. I educate the patient on how to position the toothbrush, how long to brush, and how to floss correctly.

What should be done after a deep cleaning?

I recommend using a medicated mouthwash for at least the first five days after a deep cleaning. This mouthwash helps reduce inflammation. It is also important to continue brushing twice a day and flossing as directed by your hygienist, even if you experience sensitivity after the cleaning.

When is gum grafting necessary?

Gum grafting is necessary once recession or gum loss has occurred. If you notice your gums have started to shrink over time, it's a good idea to ask your dentist or hygienist for a referral to a periodontist to evaluate if a gum graft is necessary.

How can I contact you if I have more questions or want to schedule an appointment?

I hope I've been able to answer all your questions regarding gum health. When you're ready to take action, please give us a call at (213) 381-3738.

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