We all know how important good dental health is, and brushing and flossing are two good ways to keep your mouth healthy and clean. This will help keep harmful bacteria found in plaque away from your gums, helping to keep gum disease at bay. When plaque remains on your teeth, it hardens into tartar, which traps bacteria causing inflammation and a condition called gingivitis.
With a few simple habits, keeping your gums healthy and clean is easy to do. While heredity can play a role in gum disease, most people can avoid it by simply taking special effort to care for your gums.
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day will help keep your mouth healthier. Use a soft bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. An electric toothbrush is a good option and you should plan to replace your toothbrushes every three to four months. When you’re done brushing, be sure to allow your toothbrush to dry out. This will make it harder for bacteria to flourish on your toothbrush.
Flossing is often overlooked, but it is instrumental for good dental health. By adopting a brushing/flossing regimen, you can get the maximum benefit from floss. Some toothpaste on the floss might help get toothpaste between the teeth, especially in tight spaces, but the main benefit from flossing comes from the floss itself.
Although food doesn’t generally stay in our mouths long, the foods we eat can have an impact on our dental health. Calcium-rich foods like dairy products can help strengthen the bone and enamel of your teeth. Leafy greens are also great for your dental health because they are packed with tons of vitamins and minerals. Also, since veggies are fibrous and require more chewing and saliva to break down, they help strip away bacteria in your mouth.
It may seem like a no-brainer, but visiting the dentist regularly can be one of the best defenses against gum disease. Your dentist can spot problems in your mouth faster than you might notice the symptoms as they get worse. It’s always easier to treat a problem in the earlier stages than to wait until it’s fully flared up.
Smoking is bad for your health in lots of different ways and has been linked to gum disease as well. Cigarettes weaken your immune system which can make it harder for your body to fight gum disease. The damage caused by cigarettes can also make it more difficult for gums to heal.
Mouthwash adds an extra layer of protection for your gums because it helps reduce plaque and reduce the spread of tartar. Rinsing after you eat is a good idea because it helps wash away food particles and debris from your mouth. This can’t take the place of proper brushing and flossing, but it certainly helps make them more effective.
All toothpaste is created equal, right? No! Toothpaste should contain fluoride to benefit your dental health. Look for a brand that has the American Dental Association seal of approval on it.
As you can see, keeping your gums healthy is important for your overall dental health. There are many different things that can have an impact on keeping your gums healthy, like the food you eat, how often you brush and floss, and how often you visit the dentist. At NewSmile™, we know how important your mouth’s health is. Keep your gums healthy and fall in love with your smile again!Get Started Today