We are taught from an early age how important it is to clean your teeth regularly to keep them healthy, I’m sure we have all heard the phrase, ‘you only get one set of teeth’. Well, just as important for oral hygiene is keeping your gums healthy. Let’s look at 5 tips for keeping your gums healthy that people may not know.
Cut out the smoking
Clearly much easier said than done but among the damage smoking does to the body, gums come off pretty badly. Gum disease is heavily linked to smoking and because smoking has an adverse impact on the immune system it makes it a lot harder to fight off any gum infections that do arise.
Often an overlooked part of oral hygiene, flossing helps remove the build up of plaque and leftover food that your toothbrush simply cannot reach. There is no ‘ideal’ time to do it, just make sure you do it at least once a day.
Visit your dentist regularly
Seeing your dentist on a regular basis will help prevent any gum disease. If they do notice any symptoms, they can be treated early before them turn into something more damaging. Getting a clean from a professional dentist practice will remove any tartar and plaque that you are missing with your regular bushing routine.
Get a fluoride toothpaste
There are so many brands and variations of toothpaste out there now it is tough to know which one is right for you. For the best gum protection choose a toothpaste that includes fluoride. Anything over that is completely up to you, flavour, colour, cost are all personal preference, as long as it contains fluoride, you are doing right by your gums.
Brush two times a day, everyday
Everybody has heard this and it is still as true today as it was when you first heard it. Brushing your teeth after your meals will remove any leftover food and plaque that gets wedged between your teeth. Bacteria can also gather on your tongue so make sure to brush your tongue as well for added protection.
Looking after your gums is a vital part of any oral hygiene routine and one that should be repeated twice a day. If you are worried about any gum disease symptoms or want any further advice than get in contact with us today!