HEALTHY GUMS VS INFLAMED GUMS?
It is important to put into consideration keeping our gums healthy and clean. Healthy gums appear firm and pink. However, if your gums look red, or swollen, or if your gums bleed when you brush or floss, then, you are having signs of gum inflammation.
There are many factors that can have a negative impact on your gum’s well-being, including smoking, malnutrition, and poor oral hygiene.
WHAT IS TARTaR, AND HOW IS IT ASSOCIATED WITH UNHEALTHY INFLAMED GUMS?
When food particles remain on the surfaces and between your teeth without being removed, these remnants will mix with the naturally-occurring bacteria in the mouth forming a sticky film known as dental plaque. Over time, plaque accumulates and hardens to form what is known as tartar, or calculus.
Tartar can form below and above the gum line and can cause gum disease. It is tough and porous and it can make it harder for you to brush and floss as required. Besides, bacteria present in tartar can start damaging your gums leading to gingivitis, or gum inflammation.
HOW CAN WE GET RID OF TARTAR?
Here are some advice for how you can enjoy healthy and clean gums:
- First, Prevention! And that is by maintaining good oral hygiene habits, like brushing twice daily for 2 minutes, flossing, and using an antiseptic mouthwash.
- Second, when tartar forms, it will be very difficult to be removed at home, therefore, you need to have regular visits to your dentist at least every 6 months. Your dentist will do scaling and polishing to remove the accumulated debris, plaque, and calculus from your teeth.
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