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Ways To Keep Your Gums Healthy?

Posted on 12/10/2021 by Henricksen Family Dental
Ways To Keep Your Gums Healthy?When it comes to the health of your mouth, it is not all about having straight teeth and a bright smile. Your gums also need to stay healthy. Even if your teeth are free from cavities and you have pearly white chompers, it does not mean you cannot suffer from gum disease. Because gum disease starts with minimal discomfort, many individuals aren't aware that something is wrong with their gum tissues. Gum disease begins when plaque forms under and along your gum line. That sticky, film-like substance is full of bacteria and can cause infections that damage the gums and bone, causing gum disease and decay. Plaque also causes gingivitis, the lesser form of gum disease where your gums are tender, swollen, red, and inflamed, and they bleed pretty easily. Untreated, gingivitis can quickly worsen and become periodontitis, the serious form of gum disease. To keep your gums healthy, use these tips.

Brush Twice a Day Besides Flossing Once

After every meal, ensure you brush the teeth and gums to remove food and plaque accumulating in between the gums and teeth. Ensure you scrub the tongue, too, because it also harbors bacteria. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush while brushing to prevent harming the gums.

Moreover, floss at least one time a day to help remove any food lodged in areas beyond the reach of your toothbrush. It doesn't matter what time you floss – it could be in the morning, at night, or in the afternoon.

Get Regular Dental Cleanings

Seeing a dentist on a regular basis allows him or her to detect early gum disease. That way, the symptoms are treated before they worsen. Professional cleaning also helps remove tartar and get rid of plaque that you could have missed during your at-home oral hygiene routine.

Quit Smoking

Smoking is highly linked to the onset of gum disease. Because the habit weakens your immunity, it makes it challenging to fight off gum infections. Additionally, smoking makes it difficult for the gums to heal after they are damaged. To get treatment for gum disease and learn how to prevent it, visit our dental office today.

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