How to Keep Your Gums Healthy

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How to Keep Your Gums Healthy


Maintaining healthy gums is essential to keeping your smile looking its best. In this blog post, we will discuss some tips for keeping your gums healthy. We’ll cover everything from brushing and flossing correctly to seeing a periodontist. Follow these tips, and you’ll be on your way to having healthy gums.

Brush and Floss Consistently

brushBrushing and flossing your teeth every day is the best way to ensure healthy gums. This removes plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth. Plaque can cause gum disease if it isn’t removed. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Gently brush your teeth in a circular motion. Finish by brushing your tongue (or use a tongue scraper). Flossing is just as important as brushing. Use about 18 inches of floss wrapped around your middle fingers. Gently insert the floss between your teeth and move it up and down. Be sure to floss under the gumline. Use a fresh section of floss for each tooth. If you have trouble brushing or flossing, ask your dentist about other options, such as interdental brushes or water picks.

Avoid Smoking

Smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your gum health. It increases your risk of developing gum disease and makes it harder to treat. If you smoke, quitting is the best thing you can do for your gums (and your overall health).

Maintain a Healthy Diet

A healthy diet is important for overall health, and that includes the health of your gums. Eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables helps to keep your gums healthy by providing them with the nutrients they need. In addition, avoid sugary foods and drinks as well as processed foods, which can contribute to gum disease.

Don’t Skip Dental Check-Ups

The best way to ensure that your gums stay healthy is to visit your dentist or periodontist regularly. They can spot early signs of gum disease and take steps to prevent it from progressing. You should see your dental health professional at least once a year or more often if you have a history of gum disease.

Learn the Signs of Periodontal Disease

denturesThe first step in keeping your gums healthy is to learn the signs of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a serious infection of the gums that can lead to tooth loss. The early stages of periodontal disease are often called gingivitis. Gingivitis is a milder form of periodontal disease that can be reversed with good oral hygiene. The later stages of periodontal diseases, such as periodontitis, are more serious and can require treatment by a periodontist.

Gum health is an important part of oral hygiene, and it’s something that often goes overlooked. Following the tips we’ve outlined in this blog post can keep your gums healthy and free from disease. Remember to floss every day, use a good toothbrush, and see your dentist for regular checkups. Consider these guidelines when caring for your gums; you should be on your way to optimum oral health.