Many people go to their dentist in search of the perfect smile, and many more have never been told that the secret to perfect teeth starts with healthy gums. With regular cleanings and check-ups at Colorado Smile Design, your Highlands Ranch dentist, you can ensure your gums stay healthy
as can be, but here are some tips to help you in between visits:
You can start by flossing. At a recent dentist appointment, I smiled confidently for my doctor, Jeffrey Rappaport, DDS. I take pride in my pearly whites, brushing them two or three times daily, flossing nightly, yadda yadda. Rappaport has seen a lot of smiles, but I was sure he’d be impressed.
“Your gums could be healthier,” he tells me afte r the routine flossing. Apparently I don’t floss firmly enough, evidenced by the blood I had to spit into that cute little sink beside my chair. “The real way to have healthy teeth is to ensure you have healthy gums,” doc continued. “It’s where the teeth are lodged, after all. Unhealthy gums can lead to tooth loss.” I’m thinking “D’what?!”, like the kid who crammed all weekend for the final exam and somehow still only got a B.
Rappaport reassured me, though, that I’m well on my way to a perfect oral grade. I’m no candidate for tooth loss, but I needed to brush up on my gum care. I left wondering how I could do better next time, but also more curious about the gums in general. I hadn’t heard any dentist emphasize them as much before, aside from general flossing rules, so I reached out to Dr. Rappaport with a few questions.