If your gums do hurt or bleed while brushing or flossing, or you are experiencing persistent bad breath, see your dentist. Any of these conditions may indicate a problem.
Your dentist or hygienist can help you learn good dental health techniques and can help point out areas of your mouth that may require extra attention during brushing and flossing.
Daily preventative care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop. It is much less troublesome and expensive than treating conditions that have been allowed to progress.
In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps that each of us can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. These include: