In the quest for a beautiful smile, an often overlooked but very important aspect is gum health. Healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth and may ultimately affect one’s overall health, as well. Dr. Bowen and the staff of Bowen Family Dentistry in Manhattan, KS help their patients maintain healthy gums and teeth through care provided during regular office visits, and communicating instructions for a patient’s personal care between visits.
Dr. Bowen will examine and evaluate each patient individually so that specific needs may be addressed. By being educated regarding things that affect gum health, patients are empowered to contribute to their own continued health, as well. Gum health may be impacted by things such as:
- Improper dental hygiene, which leads to bacteria and plaque on teeth
- Hormonal changes
- Illnesses and diseases
- Systemic medications
- Habits such as smoking and choices in eating
- Family history
Guidelines are in place for optimal oral health, and when put into practice, they will go a long way towards maintaining healthy gums. Not only to preserve teeth, but also to maintain healthy gums, everyone should brush twice a day, and floss to remove food and plaque where a toothbrush may not reach. An oral rinse or antiseptic mouthwash may be recommended, as well. Making healthy food choices is a positive step towards good oral health, as well as overall health. Patients are reminded to eat a variety of healthy foods and limit unhealthy snacking. As mentioned, regular dental visits are essential to keep the mouth free from tartar buildup and to allow the dentist to catch any problems early. The sooner an issue is detected, the easier and faster it can be resolved.
Because gum disease can put a patient at greater risk for not only dental but other health problems, it is important that gums be healthy. Contact our office today with any concerns you may have with your oral health. If you’re not aware of any issues, now is a great time to schedule a routine exam to be sure that health is maintained. With our combined efforts, you’ll be on the path that leads to the healthy gums and teeth, and that means a beautiful smile.
At Bowen Family Dentistry, you will find trusted dental care and our friendly team of Manhattan cosmetic dental professionals. Our menu of services includes: dental implants, porcelain veneers, and Invisalign. Contact Manhattan KS Dentist, Bowen Family Dentistry today at (785) 789-4468 to schedule an informative consultation.