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How to Keep you Gums Healthy

Mar 5th 2022

Why Worry About Gums?

Gum disease is not an ideal situation for anyone. Irregular and improper brushing and flossing can lead to the beginning stages of gum disease (Gingivitis most commonly). In advanced forms such as periodontitis, it can ruin the bones and tissue connected to your teeth. In some advanced periodontitis cases, the damages are irreversible and can lead to the tooth needing to be removed.

The good new is, something as simple as brushing and flossing regularly can prevent gum disease from forming! Follow these easy tips on dental topics to help protect your gums and keep them healthy and far away from any form of gum disease!-

Flossing

Flossing consistently with proper technique is vital for gum hygiene maintenance. It can help remove the food particles stuck in your gums between your teeth, as brushing alone may not clean all the hard-to-reach spots as effectively as flossing will. Refer to our article on the benefits of flossing regularly. 

Proper Dental Equipment

Investing in proper dental equipment is a critical component in keeping your gums healthy.

  • For toothpaste, experts recommend using toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride- based toothpaste will help fight unwanted germs, acting as a protective barrier for your teeth and gums.
  • An electric toothbrush is also a much more effective alternative than manual brushing. Studies have shown that using an electric toothbrush leads to healthier gums and less tooth decay, compared to manual brushing. View article

Brushing Properly and Regularly

Brushing your teeth regularly is an easy way to keep your oral hygiene healthy, preventing bacteria buildup from affecting your gum health. Experts recommend brushing a minimum of twice a day, once when you wake up and again before sleep. The best case is to brush your teeth after every meal.

This is a bonus, but can help further remove the food and plaque that would otherwise sit on the surface of your teeth and between your gums all day long. The longer that food (especially sugary foods) sits in your mouth, the more susceptible you are to plaque buildup that can damage your gums. Make it a habit to brush often, in-between meals.

Softly brushing over your gums and tongue using a soft bristle toothbrush is also beneficial for preventing bacteria buildup that would otherwise damage your gums. Our article on oral health maintenance tips includes valuable information on tips for properly brushing

Proper Nutrition

Your diet is a key component of your overall oral health. Many foods can develop and speed up the process of tooth decay by introducing unwanted bacteria in and on the surface of your teeth and gums. Knowing which foods to avoid and learning about healthy alternatives is a great way to keep your gum and overall oral hygiene in check.

Refer to our article on how nutrition affects oral health for more information on what foods are good and bad for your oral health!

In addition, everyone’s natural teeth color can differ; therefore, whiter teeth are no indicator of better oral hygiene.

Dental Checkups

Consistent dental checkups are sometimes overlooked by many but are a crucial aspect of maintaining proper gum health. Visiting your dentist for a professional cleaning every six months will remove plaque buildup from the surface of your teeth. 

This can help prevent gum disease from forming. Plus, gum disease can develop without pain; therefore, it is vital to have your dentist check your oral conditions before it’s potentially too late.

https://www.healthline.com/health/why-do-my-gums-hurt#gum-disease –

https://www.healthline.com/health/dental-and-oral-health/ways-to-keep-gums-healthy

https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx? ContentTypeID=1&ContentID=1409

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