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Perio Gum Dr. ArizWhether you’ve slacked with your oral hygiene routine, or remain committed to brushing and flossing regularly — it’s always a good idea to take a moment and self-assess what’s really going on inside your mouth.

Here’s a 5-point checklist to help you determine if your teeth and gums are as healthy as you think.

1. Look Inside Your Mouth

Open wide in front of a mirror. Take a close look at your teeth and gums. What do they look like?

If you’ve neglected your oral health over the past several years, you’re not alone. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost 50% of American adults over the age of 30 are suffering from some form of gum disease — which is the leading cause of tooth loss.

Maybe your teeth have become stained and discolored, or your gums look inflamed and red. Whatever the case, it’s never too late to improve your smile.

2. Schedule a Check-Up

Even if you brush and floss your teeth every day, twice a day, regular professional cleanings are a must to prevent plaque and tartar buildup.

At your check-up, we will clean your teeth and check for signs of gum disease and infection. If it’s been a while since your last appointment — don’t worry! We may recommend a deep cleaning appointment known as root planing and scaling to get rid of pockets of bacteria buildup.

3. Assess How Often are You Brushing and Flossing

If you’re not brushing at least twice a day, and flossing at least once a day then you’re putting your oral health at risk.

Flossing is important because the bristles of your toothbrush can’t reach all the way between your teeth and gums. Floss is the best way to clear away food particles after every meal.

Is there a right time to brush?

Ideally, you should brush your teeth after a meal. However, there are some situations when it is better to wait a bit before reaching for a toothbrush. For example, if you eat acidic foods like fruit, wait at least 30 minutes to brush your teeth to protect your tooth enamel.

4. Watch What You Eat

What you eat affects your teeth in more ways than you think. It should go without saying that eating a lot of sugar will put your teeth at risk for decay. Daily coffee and red wine can also lead to stains and discoloration over time. However, a diet full of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and plenty of water can promote healthy teeth and gums.

5. Trust the Perio Gum Dental Team

From professional teeth whitening treatments to dental implants for full or partial tooth loss, there are a number of options available to help get your smile and oral health back on track.

Get started today with a consultation. Schedule an appointment online or give us a call: 310-826-3399