Why Proper Gum Care Makes You a Healthier Person
The longer that bacteria remains in your mouth, the more chances inflammation or gingivitis can occur. Those bacteria create acid that can eat away at your gums and eventually lead to tooth loss.
Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease. It can cause redness, swelling and bleeding of the gums. The great news is that gum disease can usually be prevented with regular home and professional dental care.
Here’s how you can take care of your gums and avoid gum disease down the road:
- Floss: Flossing is the most important thing you can do to take care of your gums. Why? Because flossing helps you get rid of food particles that get stuck between your teeth. Floss comes in many different types. Your dentist can help you figure out what floss is right for you.
- Brush Gums: That’s right. Using a soft-bristled tooth brush, gently brush your gums in a circular motion just as you would when brushing your teeth. This helps to remove any foreign debris that may not even be noticeable.
- See Your Dentist: Visit your dentist twice in a consecutive 12-month period for checkups and cleanings to keep your gums healthy.
The TRICARE Dental Program has you covered
The TRICARE Dental Program can help with members’ oral health. Members are covered for two routine dental cleanings in a consecutive 12-month period.
A third cleaning is allowed for pregnant patients as well as members diagnosed with diabetes, coronary artery disease (heart disease), cerebral vascular disease (stroke), rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, oral cancer, or recipients of an organ transplant. To qualify for the expanded benefits, register your condition online in My Account before visiting the dentist.
TDP members also are covered for two topical fluoride treatments in a consecutive 12-month period. For complete benefit information, select this link.