Your oral health is essential to keeping your entire body healthy. Many Americans fail to realize that gum disease can be a risk factor for heart disease and stroke, proving the importance of good oral health care. Most disease can be avoided with brushing, flossing and regular check-ups, but you may be part of a group that is genetically susceptible to problems with your gums.

Left unchecked, gingivitis may worsen to periodontitis, which eats away at the soft tissue surrounding your teeth and may cause you to lose teeth before you are ready. Preventing this problem starts with simple changes to your habits and care, and our goal is to educate you on how to care for your gums correctly.

Your Home Care Plan

Regular check-ups and cleanings with a professional are essential to stopping problems before they start, but we believe that you should start the process at home. The following are tips that can help you care for your gums and your teeth.

 ·         Floss every day – preferably right before bed after a full day of meals
 ·         Brush twice a day for 2-3 minutes, and make sure you don’t miss any spots
 ·         Use an antimicrobial mouthwash to remove leftover plaque
 ·         Reduce the sugary and starchy foods in your diet
 ·         Stay away from tobacco and cigarettes
 ·         Correct problems with teeth grinding or misaligned teeth before they become serious
 ·         Speak to your doctor about whether any medications you’re on can increase your risks of gum disease
 ·         Schedule visits twice a year with a dentist or periodontist in Racine, WI

Caring for your teeth and gums starts at home with your everyday habits. Pay close attention to the ways you care for your mouth, and you’ll enjoy a healthy smile for most of your life.

Give Us a Call

Here at Dr. Hutton’s office, we offer applicable solutions to your oral health problems. Allow us to help you come up with a treatment plan that works for your mouth. Call us today to schedule an appointment at (262) 510-0414.