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November 20, 2014

Inflamed and irritated gums are not an uncommon problem. Fortunately, our experienced dentists in the Denver and Cherry Creek area can help you avoid gum problems in the first place. Gum disease is caused by bacteria in your mouth. Bacteria is contained in plaque, and the toxins produced by the bacteria not only cause cavities, the toxins also inflame and irritate your gums, causing them to swell and bleed.

Preventing Gum DiseaseCertain risk factors increase your risk for gum disease:

  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Failing to get your routine dental cleanings and exams
  • Diet that lacks nutrients
  • Certain medications
  • Certain health conditions that impair your immune system
  • Family history of gum disease

Additionally, if your teeth are crooked, you may be more vulnerable to gum disease because it is more difficult to floss and brush adequately around misaligned teeth.

Our dentists can discuss your specific risk factors with you, as well as ways you can manage them. To prevent gum disease, it's essential to brush and floss your teeth, and to get routine professional dental cleanings to remove plaque and tartar in your mouth.

If you are searching for experienced, caring, state-of-the-art Denver dentistry in a modern setting, please contact DeWitt Dental Associates to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.

November 07, 2014

Top 5 Oral Health TipsOur experienced Denver general dentists can help you achieve and maintain optimum oral health. Call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-321-5656 to schedule an appointment. Our Top 5 Tips for great oral health are:

  1. Floss every day. Flossing removes food debris and plaque from the areas your toothbrush can't reach. Flossing prevents tooth decay, gum disease and the buildup of tartar.
  2. Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Brushing prevents cavities, gum disease and some amount of teeth staining. To brush effectively, use a soft-bristled toothbrush to prevent damaging your gum tissue. Using light pressure, hold the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your gums to brush your teeth. Brush all the surfaces of your teeth, including the inner, outer and chewing surfaces.
  3. Visit your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups. You simply cannot remove all the plaque on your teeth on your own. A cleaning by a hygienist ensures your teeth and gums are as clean as possible, and our dentists will check for early signs of dental problems so that you can avoid more serious issues down the road.
  4. Rinse your mouth or chew gum after eating. Cavities are caused by the activity of bacteria in your mouth. To prevent bacteria from feasting on the food and beverages you consume, do not allow these consumables to remain on your teeth after eating or drinking. Rinse your mouth with water, brush your teeth or chew gum after meals.
  5. Replace your toothbrush every 3 months. Toothbrushes become frayed and worn over time, which drastically decreases their effectiveness. Throw out and replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.

If you are searching for an experienced Denver general dentist to provide effective, state-of-the-art dental care, please contact DeWitt Dental Associates to schedule a consultation.