Everyone knows that caring for teeth is essential to having a healthy smile. However, taking the time to care for your gums is just as important for oral and overall health. You could have perfectly straight white teeth, but if the gums they are anchored in are riddled with gum disease, you could be putting your health at risk. Since gum disease is typically painless until it’s quite advanced, most people assume that having no cavities or pain means they are unaffected. Thankfully, there are many simple ways to care for your gums.
5 Ways to Care for Your Gums
- Everyone should floss at least once a day. While it isn’t the most pleasurable activity, it is the best way to get sticky plaque and stubborn food that is trapped beyond where your toothbrush can reach. It doesn’t matter when you floss as long as you are getting it done.
- Children, teens and adults should get regular preventative dental cleanings. These allow dentists to detect the early signs of gum disease so that you can be treated before things accelerate. A thorough professional cleaning is the only way to safely remove tartar without damaging your enamel. It can also remove plaque that you missed during your flossing and brushing routine. If you have gingivitis, flossing, brushing and getting regular dental cleanings can help reverse it.
- Stop smoking. Smoking is directly associated with the start of gum disease and other oral problems. It makes it more difficult for gums to heal after damage and can compromise your immune system and make it more difficult for you to fight infections.
- Always brush your teeth after every meal. Brushing your teeth gets rid of plaque and food and gets rid of bacteria lurking in the mouth. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles that comfortably fits in your mouth. Change your toothbrush or brush head every 3-4 months.
- If recommended by your dentist, use a therapeutic mouthwash designed to help prevent gingivitis and reduce plaque. Mouthwash also helps to remove any extra food particles and debris from your mouth once you are done brushing and flossing.
OneSource Dental Can Care for Your Gums
Your teeth and gums are important, and OneSource Dental of South Tampa wants to help you care for yours. From deep cleanings to gingivitis care, we can help your gums be just as beautiful as your smile. To schedule your exam or learn more about ways to care for your gums, give us a call today at (813) 879-9299. We look forward to keeping your smile bright and healthy!