Ways to Keep Your Gums Healthy
When it comes to hygiene, we all know the basics: deodorant, brush your hair, wash your face, and a few other steps. We’ve learned over time, and from other people, what is expected of us on a day to day basis to stay clean and presentable. But what about teeth hygiene? And how can proper teeth hygiene benefit you in the long run?
If teeth aren’t taken care of regularly and in-depth, gum disease can become a problem. Gum disease can plague just about anyone, and there’s several different forms of gum disease including:
If caught early enough, Gingivitis can be reversed on its own with correct brushing and flossing. This gum disease involves tender gums that are red, swollen, and bleed easily.
Mild to moderate periodontitis:
This stage has increased inflammation and bleeding around the teeth. It occurs when bacterial poisons in plaque and your body begins to break down the gum attachment to the tooth. Treatment at this point is critical so prevention or loss of bone and loosening of your teeth is still attainable.
Lastly, this stage has even more destruction of the bone that holds teeth in place. Teeth may become so loose that they must be removed if treatment doesn’t restore the support of the bone.
Although not an exhaustive list, this can give you a glimpse into gum disease. With the amount of horrible things you gums can endure, what can you do to avoid all of the above?
Brushing twice a day:
You’ve heard it said time and again that brushing needs to happen consistently, and this is definitely true. Brushing helps remove the food and plaque trapped in your teeth and gums. Happy teeth means happy gums!
At least once a day, you need to be flossing. That little piece of wax strip assists in removing the plaque and food that’s beyond the reach of your tooth brush. Healthy habits ensure your teeth are on the right track. In fact, bumping up your flossing to after every meal will really help out those teeth!
Regular dental cleanings: Visit your dentist for your regular cleanings, and they’ll be able to detect any signs of early gum disease. Symptoms are more easily treated if you’re going to the dentist regularly, and they can also get rid of any plaque you missed while flossing and brushing.
Mouthwash: Additionally, many people rinse with a mouthwash to freshen up breath and help fight bacteria living in the mouth. It helps by controlling bacteria’s growth and colonies since bacteria needs to be well colonized to produce gingivitis and bad breath.
Water pick: If you grew up with braces, you may be familiar with this tool. Water picks are a great resource for people wanting to prevent gingivitis by dislodging plaque and food debris buildup between the teeth.
With this little look into oral health, maybe you’re realizing it’s been a little while since you’ve visited the dentist. Stop procrastinating and get those gums checked out. Keep up on your oral health!