When it comes to the health of your mouth, it is not all about how bright your smile is or how straight your teeth are. You don’t want to forget about your gums.

Even if you are cavity-free and have the whitest teeth in the office, it does not mean you cannot suffer gum disease. Gum disease is often painless, so you might have it and not even know about it.

Gum disease begins when plaque builds up under your gum lines. Plaque is sticky and filled with bacteria and can cause gingivitis, which is the earliest stage of gum disease.

The good news is that gum disease is preventable. James W. Mellert DDS and Associates, your dental clinic in Torrance, offers ways to prevent gum disease.

Brush Your Teeth

You should be brushing your teeth after every meal, but at least brush them twice a day. Brushing your teeth helps remove food and debris stuck between your teeth. Make sure you choose a toothbrush with soft bristles that feels comfortable in your mouth.

You might want to consider an electric or battery-powered toothbrush as they can reduce gingivitis and plaque better than manual brushing.

Visit Your Dentist

You saw this coming. Your dentist can detect gum disease at the earliest stage, but this can only happen if you pay your dentist a visit.

In addition, a professional cleaning is the best way to remove tartar and get rid of any plaque you miss while brushing.


Flossing at least once a day will help remove food and plaque that is beyond the reach of your toothbrush. Whether you floss in the morning, at noon or in the evening, it doesn’t matter, just as long as it gets done once a day.

Eat Your Veggies

Most of us could use more veggies in our diet. Veggies are good for your waistline and your teeth will love them as well.

Antibacterial Mouthwash

It is key that the mouthwash you use is antibacterial. Try to find one that is low in alcohol as well as these tend to dry out the mouth.

Chew Gum

Sugar-free gum will help keep that saliva flowing after you have finished your meal.

Stop Smoking

Everyone is quite aware of just how bad smoking is to your health, this includes your oral health. Quit smoking and your chances of getting gum disease drops.

Use Toothpaste with Fluoride

Store shelves are lined with various brands and types of toothpaste that claim to freshen breath, whiten teeth and reduce gingivitis. But the toothpaste best for your gums are the ones that contain fluoride.

Scrape Your Tongue

Scrape your tongue to remove the toxins and bacteria hiding there. It really doesn’t matter what you use to scrape your tongue, as long as it isn’t sharp.

Examine Your Lifestyle

Take a look at your life and see if there are ways in which you can improve oral health. For example, stress can adversely affect your gums. So if there is a lot of stress in your life, find ways to reduce it.

Contact James W. Mellert to schedule an appointment.