When patients of the Racine, Wisconsin area are practicing good oral health habits, they can significantly reduce their risks of developing problems such as gum disease and tooth decay. The gums are the soft tissues in the mouth that can become problematic if they are not cared for properly. To achieve a healthy and beautiful smile, it is essential that patients participate in their oral health with daily care.
How can I keep my gums healthy?
The foundation of good oral health starts with daily habits at home. Between recall appointments with Dr. Michael Westman, patients need to take good care of their smiles each day. Below are just a few of the steps patients can take to maintain healthy gums—and a healthy smile overall!
- Brush after every meal using fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Floss between the teeth at least once a day, or after every meal
- Reduce consumption of foods and beverages that are highly acidic or sugary
- Avoid using tobacco products such as chewing tobacco and smoking cigarettes
- Reduce alcohol intake and drink in moderation
What happens if I don’t care for my gums?
One of the most common conditions that can occur if patients do not care for their smile and gums is that of periodontal disease, sometimes referred to as gum disease. This is an infection that starts in the soft tissues of the mouth. In the earlier stages, it can cause problems such as red, swollen gum tissues and bleeding of the gums when brushing or flossing. At this point, patients should connect with their dentist for a diagnosis of periodontal disease and to discuss possible treatments. If periodontal disease in the earlier stages is not addressed, it can become more severe, impossible to cure, and result in irreversible damage—including tooth loss.
Call Dr. Michael Westman today!
Racine, Wisconsin patients interested in learning more about good oral health habits are strongly encouraged to book a consultation visit with our team at 4944 Charles Street. Call (262) 639-7000 to book an appointment with our friendly front office team and discuss your dental needs with our trained and experienced staff.