Let’s Celebrate National Gum Care Month
It seems that lately there is always a new holiday or celebration coming up on the calendar. Being that it is September, we all know and celebrate Labor Day, which also typically signifies the end of summer when you live anywhere close to the Jersey Shore. If you are looking for a unique day to observe in the month of September, why not look into National Talk Like a Pirate Day, which is celebrated on September 19th. We want to take a few moments and discuss National Gum Care Month, which also occurs during the month of September. Many of our patients are extremely focused on the health of their teeth; however, gum health is just as important. Over half of the adults in America suffer from some form of gum disease.
Ways to Care For Your Gums
Many of the ways that you care for your teeth, such as brushing twice daily, are also helping your gum health. It is important while you are brushing to be sure that you are using a soft-bristled toothbrush and using gentle motions to clean your teeth and gums. Brushing vigorously can cause damage to the gums and wear away at the enamel of your teeth. Be sure that you are flossing daily to remove any lingering food and other bacteria from the mouth. Other ways to care for your gums include:
Visit our office every six months for a hygiene examination
Stop smoking or using tobacco products
Use mouthwash daily
Signs Your Gum Health is Struggling
Unlike a toothache or other dental issue, gum disease usually remains undetected. We wanted to share some simple signs you can be aware of that may indicate your gum health may be in trouble:
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Swollen or tender gums
- Recurring bad breath
- Receding gums that pull away from the teeth
If you are located in the Spotswood, NJ area and are concerned with the state of your gums or are experiencing any discomfort be sure to call our office to schedule an appointment. We want to help you get your gum and oral health back on track.