How to Practice Optimal Gum Care

It’s something that you’ve been hearing for your entire life: it’s been drilled into you since before you can remember. Brush your teeth at least two times a day to keep your teeth white! Floss frequently to keep that smile perfect! While there’s no denying that these are exceptionally important lessons, there is one important factor of a beautiful and healthy smile that sometimes neglects to get mentioned; your gums. 

In fact, taking proper care of your gums and preventing such harmful diseases as gingivitis is equally as crucial to maintaining your oral hygiene and health. According to, gum disease begins when plaque builds up around the gum line. This build-up can not only lead to symptoms such as bad breath, bleeding gums, or gums that separate from your teeth, it can also lead to frequent gum inflammation and swelling.  In short, you could have a pearly white smile and teeth that are as straight as a ruler, but it wouldn’t matter much if you are suffering from gum disease.

Here are a few easy ways to take the best possible care of your gums:

Don’t Smoke

One of the effects of smoking is staining on the teeth due to the nicotine and tar in the tobacco. It can make your teeth yellow in a very short time, and could even cause gum disease. Your dentist can detect early gum disease symptoms if you see them on a regular basis. Symptoms can be treated before they become more serious. 

Buy the Right Toothpaste

As for toothpaste, store shelves are lined with brands that claim to reduce gingivitis, freshen breath, and whiten teeth. How do you know which one is best for healthy gums? Make sure to choose toothpaste that contains fluoride and has the ADA seal of acceptance. 

Schedule Frequent Dental Cleanings

When it comes to keeping your mouth healthy, paying attention to your teeth is only half of the battle. The best way to ensure that your smile is as healthy as possible, for as long as possible, is to also take exceptional care of your gums. Periodic professional dental cleanings are necessary even if you brush and floss daily to ensure the overall health and well-being of your teeth.

For the very best in oral care, trust your friends and experts at Tallio and Paparone Dental. Dr. Kelly Tallio and Dr. Heather Paparone’s doors are always open to new patients of all ages who are ready to receive the best in dental care. Call 609-886-8885 or email to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to serving you!