Each year, the country dedicates the month of May to promoting women’s health. One often-overlooked aspect of a woman’s overall well-being is oral health. On average, women experience more dental cavities during their reproductive years than men, making them prone to potential oral complications if those cavities go untreated.
There are ways to combat oral diseases and prevent painful complications. Read on to learn how to make your oral health a priority this May.
Take Your Gums Seriously
Flossing ensures no food particles or plaque remain trapped between your teeth, where a toothbrush cannot reach. Dental floss can prevent infection in the gums by removing these potential sources of bacteria.
Some warning signs and symptoms of gum disease you can prevent by flossing are:
- Bleeding gums
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth
- Swollen gums
- Sensitive teeth
Smoking is one of the leading contributors of gum disease. If you are a smoker, quitting this May will lower your chances of developing gingivitis.
Brushing will only work if you know how to do it effectively. Using fluoride-based toothpaste, move a soft-bristled brush in gentle, circular motions to remove plaque buildup. Brush the inner, outer, and chewing surfaces of each tooth. Better yet, use an electric toothbrush for superior results.
Clean Your Tongue
Bacteria on the tongue’s surface can affect your teeth and gums. Not cleaning the tongue daily will put you at risk of swollen gums, which can lead to periodontitis.
When you brush your teeth, brush your tongue also to remove plaque.
Visit Your Dentist
Regular visits to your dentist will help prevent serious oral health concerns. This May, make a commitment to improving your oral health by turning to experts.
Piper Family Dentistry can help you maintain your teeth and gums. Call us right now at (727) 548-7100 to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Piper is a General and Cosmetic Dentist who has proudly served Pinellas County since 1993. Both he and his team of professionals provide high quality, gentle dental care in a relaxed, personalized, and caring environment. Treating patients like family sets his practice apart from others.