Your teeth are quite visible, and that means it's easy to notice their flaws and imperfections. As such, it's natural to conceive of dental health in terms of our teeth- how they look, how they feel, how well they work. And your teeth are certainly vital.
Equally important, however, are your gums. You can think of your gums as the dental equivalent to the foundation of your home- if the foundation is rotten, nothing else matters. And if your gums aren't healthy, your teeth won't be either.
That's why much of our dentistry practice is designed to help keep your gums healthy. We know how important it is to ensure that your gums are sound and free of infection.
You can do your part by brushing at least twice a day and seeing our dentist at least twice a year. But perhaps the most important thing you can do for your gum health is flossing. Many patients, even conscientious ones, neglect to floss, and this is unfortunate. Flossing helps eliminate the detritus under your gum line that can produce dangerous, gums-destroying bacteria.
You want to do everything you can to avoid gum disease. Our dentist can help, but what you do at home will play a huge role in determining the health and wellbeing of your gums.
If you live in or around Indianapolis, Indiana and you're looking for a good, experienced dentist, please call Dr. John R. Phelps today at 317-818-9858 for a consultation.