Taking Care of Veneers Starts at Gum Level

Cosmetic DentistryYou are considering veneers and may wonder how you should prepare for your bright new smile. “Many people forget the first step in a bright smile is  paying attention to your gum tissue,” says Dr. Carol Ford from her Phoenix cosmetic dentistry office. “Gums not only frame the teeth, but they are the support of the tooth structure for any cosmetic work—from veneers to crowns,” Dr. Ford adds.

Gums need to be kept healthy to keep your teeth healthy. Twice-a-day brushing and evening flossing are the two best things you can do for your teeth. Thorough flossing will help remove plaque, the sticky, bacteria-laden substance that forms on your teeth as soon as you stop eating.

Flossing interrupts the bacterial growth and allows your gums to stay healthy. Gum tissue thrives with care. Flossing does more than remove plaque. “Flossing also massages the gums and keeps good circulation in the gum area,” explains Dr. Ford. “And good circulation helps gums stay firm and youthful-looking. Your gums are healthy if they are pink and firm and tight against your teeth.” Gums that are red, puffy, or bleeding are inflamed and may need attention before you get veneers or crowns placed.

Inflamed gums can be a sign of something wrong elsewhere in your body, and you will want to manage that to ensure good overall health. Your dentist will let you know if there is anything going on in your mouth that they feel requires a medical consultation.

Once the veneers are in place, you will also need to take care of your gums. If they become inflamed, they will pull away from your teeth, exposing the root and the line between the veneers and the tooth.

“Veneers are cosmetically beautiful, but they do come with an obligation to care for them,” Dr. Ford reminds her patients. “You can have an amazing smile, but it will require care and attention. A smile that gets attention, attracts attention, too,” she adds, smiling.

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