How do you take care of your oral health?

Floss your teeth daily, use mouthwash to remove food particles left after brushing and flossing, eat a healthy diet, and limit sugary foods and beverages. Gum disease begins when plaque builds up along and below the gum line. Plaque causes an infection that damages the gums and bone that hold the teeth in place. A mild form of gum disease can cause your gums to become red, tender, and more likely to bleed.

This problem, called gingivitis, can often be solved by brushing your teeth and flossing your teeth every day. A more serious form of gum disease, called periodontitis, must be treated by a dentist. If left untreated, this infection can cause pain and bleeding gums, painful chewing problems, and even tooth loss. Sometimes false teeth (dentures) are needed to replace badly damaged teeth or teeth lost due to gum disease.

Partial dentures can be used to fill one or more missing teeth. Dentures may seem strange at first. At first, your dentist may want to see you often to make sure your teeth fit properly. Over time, the gums will change shape and the dental prosthesis may need to be adjusted or replaced.

Be sure to let your dentist handle these settings. Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. To prevent tooth decay, it is necessary to remove plaque. To do this, brush your teeth twice a day and floss your teeth at least once a day.

Brushing also stimulates the gums, helping to keep them healthy and prevent gum disease. Brushing your teeth and flossing your teeth are the most important things you can do to keep your teeth and gums healthy.