When it comes to the health of your mouth, it’s not only about how straight your teeth are or how beautiful your smile is. You must not overlook your gums! Even if you don’t have cavities and have the best smile in town, you’re not immune to gum disease. Most people are unaware of anything happening with their gums because it is usually painless.
If you have a regularly unpleasant taste or breathing, separating or losing permanent teeth, easily bleed gums, swollen, red, sore gums, or peeled away from your teeth, you may have gum disease.
Gum disease is entirely preventable by taking a few simple measures. Here are a few ways you can help keep your gums healthy:
- Floss your teeth at least once a day. This helps eliminate plaque and debris that your toothbrush can’t reach. It doesn’t matter when you floss. Do it late at night, early in the morning, or after lunch.
- Your dentist can detect early gum disease symptoms if you see them regularly. This allows signs to be treated before they worsen. Only a professional cleaning can remove tartar. It can also remove any plaque that you missed while brushing or flossing. Brushing, flossing, and frequent dental cleanings can help reverse gingivitis.
- Smoking is highly linked to the development of gum disease. Because smoking affects your immune system, it makes it more difficult to fight off a gum infection. Furthermore, smoking makes it more difficult for damaged gums to heal.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day. This helps remove food and plaque trapped between your teeth and gums. Scrub your tongue as well, as it harbours bacteria. Your toothbrush should have soft bristles and fit pleasantly in your mouth. Consider battery-operated or electric toothbrushes. These are more effective than manual brushing. Brushes should be replaced every three to four months, or sooner if bristles tear.
- Make sure to use fluoride-containing toothpaste. Fluoride help rebuild your teeth’s first layer of defence, enamel.
- Therapeutic mouthwashes can slow down tartar development, prevent or treat gingivitis, and reduce plaque, alone or in combination. Although it’s not a replacement for brushing or flossing, rinsing your mouth can help remove food particles and other debris.