Oral Health: How to Keep Your Gums Healthy
When we talk about mouth health, gum health is sometimes neglected. There are people out there who are only up for white and bright smiles and cool breaths. Take note; your gums are as important as all other parts of your mouth.
Having a white and cavity-free smile doesn’t vouch for you from having gum disease. In my opinion, one of the reasons why people neglect gum health is because most gum diseases are painless. That’s why people neglect it, and they don’t even know what’s wrong with their gums.
Today, I’ll share some helpful tips on how to keep your gums healthy. Continue reading below.
What is Gum Disease?
Before we head-on, let’s talk about this question.
Gum disease starts off with plaque build-up on your teeth. Can you see that sticky, yellowish film that constantly forms on your teeth? That’s plaque. It is filled with bacteria that cause infection and cavities.
However, gum disease can be prevented. Here are some ways you can keep your gums healthy.
1# Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day
Brushing helps remove trapped food particles and plaque off your teeth and gums. Do this every after you take a meal. It will help your mouth stay clean and healthy.
While you are at it, you should also scrub your tongue too. Our tongue is also a breathing ground for bacteria.
Also, try using soft-bristled toothbrushes. They’re much gentle on your gum, and it prevents them from bleeding.
You shouldn’t forget to floss your teeth. This procedure allows you to remove plaque and food leftovers that are too far for your toothbrush. It helps prevent cavities and plaque build-up. It doesn’t matter when or where you floss, as long as you do it.
3# Use Flouride Infused Toothpaste
This is quite hard. Whenever you go to the nearest grocery store, you’d find a lot of brands that claim theirs has fluoride in it, can prevent gingivitis, freshen breath, and prevents plaque. So, how do you know which one is best for your gums? Try to find a brand that has fluoride and has the ADA seal of acceptance.
You can also do this right now with your computer. Just search for “ADA seal of acceptance toothpaste” in Google, you’ll have a list of brands to choose from.
4# Use Mouthwash
I know there are a lot of brands that you can buy over the counter. Sometimes, you might even get yourself confused choosing which one to buy.
To help you with your search, look for brands that have an ADA seal. This ensures that the mouthwash/brand is safe and effective for cleaning your teeth and gums.
Mouthwash helps reduce plaque and tartar build-up. It also prevents gingivitis and other gum diseases. Plus, it’s great for removing food leftovers between your teeth; however, it doesn’t mean that it is a substitute for brushing.
5# Avoid Smoking
Smoking can cause a lot of gum diseases. If you are just starting to smoke – quit it. You have no idea how smoking destroys your teeth and gums. You may not experience it now; eventually, you’ll suffer from its negative effects. The damages it makes are mostly irreversible. Stop now, while it is still early.
6# Dental Cleanings
Get regular dental cleaning with your dentist. Even if you have gingivitis, regular dental cleaning, brushing, and flossing will help you fight it.
Aside from cleaning your mouth, he can also detect any symptoms of gum diseases. That way, you can be aware and take better care of your gums afterward. Also, your dentist will provide preventive measures to help you.