Everything You Need To Know About Keeping Your Gums Healthy

Everything You Need To Know About Keeping Your Gums Healthy

We all want strong, healthy teeth but how often do we pay attention to our gums and the soft tissue in our mouths? If you want to know how to get healthy gums, read on. The health of your teeth depends on strong gums to provide a good foundation so it is essential that your gums get as much attention and care as the rest of the mouth.

In short, healthy gums rely on three primary factors: a healthy diet, a good dental hygiene routine and regular visits to your dentist. Diet plays a role because you need strong tissues to form as well as immunity to fight off infection and heal.

Good hygiene habits are important to ensure that plaque is removed from the teeth on a daily basis, and to ensure that gum disease does not develop, but it is regular dental check-ups that will ensure your teeth are free of tartar and monitor your gums for any early signs of gum disease.

Tips For Healthy Gums

Healthy gums are firm and strong. They are pink in colour. They do not bleed and they fit securely around the teeth to keep them in position.

How do you know if you have gum disease?
More often than not gum disease, also known as gingivitis, can present without any symptoms but early warning sings include red, swollen or tender gums and gums that bleed easily when flossing or brushing.

In the majority of cases of mild gum disease, a visit to the dentist will identify the warning signs and address the problem. If you miss a visit though, the problem runs the risk of becoming worse and developing into periodontitis. When plaque is not removed it starts to release toxins and hardens into a substance called tartar.

If gingivitis is not managed it can develop into periodontitis. Periodontitis affects the fibres and bones that hold your teeth in position. A pocket forms under your gum line, where food particles and bacteria can become trapped.

When periodontitis advances to its final stage the bone and supporting fibres are affected and weakened. This can cause your teeth to become loose or to drift out of their position as the gums separate from the teeth. This requires some intensive dental intervention to correct.

How Do You Keep Your Gums Strong And Healthy?

Here are our top tips for healthy gums:

Follow a healthy diet
Eating a diet that is rich in calcium and a variety of vitamins and minerals is essential. It is even more important if you know you have bone loss or if you have had radiation treatment to help your gums repair. Avoid foods that are high in sugar.

Quit smoking
Smoking introduces more bacteria into your mouth and can negatively impact on um health. It also impedes your body’s ability to fight off disease and infection, or to heal itself when you have had an infection or surgery.

healthy gums doncasterPractice good dental hygiene habits
You must brush twice a day and floss daily to keep your gums and teeth clean. It is important to brush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line to ensure that any food particles and other debris is removed.

Visit your dentist regularly
Regular check-ups will detect any problems early on and early intervention is important because gingivitis can develop into periodontitis very rapidly. Your dentist will check your teeth and soft tissues on every visit and alert you to any problems sooner rather than later.

Contact Doncaster Supreme Dental for more tips on healthy gums or to make an appointment with one of our friendly dentists: (03) 9848 4989

COVID-19 Update

In light of the COVID-19, we are deeply concerned for the health and safety of our patients, families and staff. It is important for us all to take the necessary steps to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our local communities safe and supported.

At Doncaster Supreme Dental, business is as usual and we remain open until advised otherwise.

Our dental practice has always used and will continue to use strict cleaning and disinfection protocols as recommended by the Australian Dental Association. In addition to this, we are taking additional steps to reduce the risk of transmission and to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.

1. If necessary, please only bring an accompanying adult to the appointment. All siblings, grandparents and friends should remain in the vehicle

2. Social distancing - If there are multiple patients in the waiting room, please maintain a safe distance from one another by sitting on alternate seats

3. We require all patients to use a hand sanitiser upon entering the clinic

4. We have removed all magazines and newspaper in the waiting room to avoid cross-contamination

5. If you have recently returned from overseas, or have been in contact with someone who has, please ring to reschedule your appointment

6. If you feel unwell (fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, cough), we ask that you please reschedule

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us on (03) 9848 4989. We are here to help.

For more information, please see:

National Coronavirus Information Line: 1800 020 080
Department of Health and Human Services: click here

Let's all work together and keep everybody safe.

Team at Doncaster Supreme Dental

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