Just as a rosy glow in our cheeks may reflect peak health, pink gums are a sign of good oral health. While it’s important to brush and floss our teeth every day, it’s also essential to avoid gum disease or gingivitis.

Gum disease occurs when the delicate tissues that surround and support the teeth become irritated. Other symptoms of gum disease include gums that bleed, recede and change pigment.

What Are Risk Factors?

Certain factors can increase your risk of developing gingivitis, including:

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Poor nutrition
  • Hormonal changes
  • Certain medications

How Can I Prevent Gingivitis?

As the old saying goes, “Prevention is better than curing,” and gingivitis is no different. The most effective way to prevent gingivitis and tooth decay, in general, is to maintain good oral hygiene. Brush between meals, floss at least once a day and use a mouthwash to reduce gingivitis-causing bacteria. It’s also important to schedule a regular dental checkup every six months.

Addressing the risk factors for gingivitis that can be controlled is also critical. Reducing consumption of alcohol, kicking the habit, lowering stress and eating nutrient-dense foods can not only improve your oral health but your overall health as well.

Book your next appointment and we’ll be happy to check for gum disease. We want to help ensure that you have a bright, healthy smile for years to come!