When it comes to a healthy smile, we tend to focus on our teeth. We want the “pearly whites” to stand out, and we spend a lot of time focusing on how to keep our teeth healthy. But we need some appreciation for our gums who hold our teeth in place and do a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to dental hygiene. Here are our top four tips when it comes to healthy gums and a happy smile!
Brush Teeth Properly
Brushing teeth should always be at the top of the list no matter what you’re talking about in dental hygiene! As you strive for healthy gums, focus on brushing at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste while replacing your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Move your toothbrush in short strokes, and brush your teeth at an angle to clean your gums adequately.
As if you needed another reason to stop smoking. Did you know that smoking makes you more susceptible to gum disease because it weakens your immune system? To keep up with your gum health, it is recommended to quit smoking immediately to prevent nasty gum diseases.
After (or before) brushing, make sure you’re flossing. Numerous people neglect to floss, but this habit is just as important as brushing. As flossing removes food and plaque from between your teeth and gums, it is releasing the remains of this debris in very hard to reach places. If left to buildup, the bacteria there can lead to tartar which ultimately leads to gum disease.
Regular Dental Checkups
A complete dental checkup includes a professional cleaning of the mouth which is the only way to remove tartar from your teeth. By visiting the dentist regularly, your dentist is able to help clean the places you may have missed during your daily brushing and flossing. Additionally at your cleanings, your dentist can detect early signs of gum disease and gingivitis before it gets much worse.
As always, preventative is the best measure for success in your health, so stay on top of your gum’s health with these simple tips. Your mouth will thank you!