3 Ways To Maintain Healthy Gums

Healthy gums are an essential part of your oral health. At Kanning Dental in Lawson, MO, Dr. Larry Kanning, and Dr. Nelson Kanning believe in educating patients of maintaining excellent oral health. Neglecting your gums can lead to complex dental issues like periodontal disease (gum disease) or losing your teeth.It is important to keep your gums healthy and happy to keep your smile bright and shiny.

Signs of Gum disease

Gum disease is the inflammation of your gums, which can lead tooth loss. If left untreated, gum disease can cause your connective tissue and bones in the mouth to become weak. This can leave you teeth and gums becoming more prone to bacteria, plaque, and tooth decay. Dr. Kanning believes preventative care is the best way to ensure your gums remain healthy and happy. Regularly visiting our Lawson, MO dental office can help catch signs of gum disease early and effectively treat your smile. Some signs to recognize are:

  • Receding Gums
  • Loose and Shifting Teeth
  • Bleeding Gums
  • Persistent Bad Breath
  • Swollen and Red Gums

Maintain Healthy Gums

At Kanning dental, we believe in comprehensive, quality dental treatment and patient education. Educating patients on how to maintain a healthy smile is part of excellent preventative care. We like to avoid any complex dental issue, but we do understand that they do happen. We are equipped to handle most dental concerns you may have in our Lawson, MO dental office. We have compiled a few tips on how to maintain healthy gums:

  • Preventative Care: Preventative care is an important part of your oral health routine. regularly visiting our Lawson, MO dental office for a comprehensive exam twice a year helps us spot any signs of dysfunction. Comprehensive exams also include dental cleaning which thoroughly cleans your teeth. We use specialized tools to clean your teeth, we are able to reach spots that brushing and flossing can not.After a comprehensive exam, we are able to develop a plan just for you.
  • Brushing and Flossing: Brushing twice a day and flossing is an important part of maintaining your oral health. Flossing helps remove debris and plaque that brushing may not reach.
  • Stop Smoking: Smoking makes it difficult for patients to fight off gum infection and causes bad breath. You want your gums to heal quickly after an infection, and smoking makes it harder for your gums to heal.