Hello Bloomington! For ideal oral health, you need both healthy teeth and healthy gums. Proper oral hygiene helps keep both your teeth and gums in good shape, preventing gum disease in Bloomington IN.
Preventing Gum Disease in Bloomington IN
When brushing, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle with the bristle tips aimed at the line where the tooth and gum meet. The bristles of a soft toothbrush can clean the food particles in the pockets in front and in back of the tooth, but you need floss to clean between the teeth. Make sure you get the floss into the pocket between the teeth. Scrape food particles up and out of the pocket.
If the toothbrush is not held at the correct angle, the bristles can’t get in the pockets to clean out the bacteria before it turns into enamel-damaging plaque. If plaque builds up in the pockets, the gums can begin to become loose, bleed or redden. Eventually, the pockets will become too deep for your toothbrush bristles to reach. Unfortunately, the part of the tooth below the gumline can decay easier than the visible portion.
There is more than one way to damage your teeth—even if the visible parts of your teeth are cavity-free, gum disease can cause issues with the parts you can’t see. That’s why we work with patients of all ages to establish essential oral hygiene habits and to prevent gum disease in Bloomington IN.
If you haven’t had a check-up in a while, or if you’re experiencing gum soreness or recession, call Create A Smile, PC – Dr. Ken Moore today at 812-332-1405 to schedule a thorough tooth and gum examination. We’ll be sure to check for signs of gum disease while you’re sitting in our chair. During your exam, doctor Moore will measure the depth of the pockets around each tooth. If you already have gum disease in Bloomington IN, we will help you restore your gum health.
At Create A Smile, PC – Dr. Ken Moore in Bloomington, we provide comprehensive general and cosmetic dental services including cosmetic dentistry and Invisalign. If your teeth are stained and you want to brighten your smile, ask us about teeth whitening.