When it comes to dental health, the majority of the focus is on the teeth but ask any dentist and they will tell you, healthy gums are also a very important part of the equation. As a matter of fact, if your gums are not healthy, your teeth are not going to be healthy so it is very important to consider this vital part of your mouth.
What many people don’t realize is exactly how important their gums are for their smile. It does not matter if your teeth don’t have any cavities and if they are the whitest of white, gum disease is a problem that can happen to anyone. It typically strikes without any noticeable symptoms and it does not cause any pain, by when it occurs, it could lead to some rather serious consequences. It typically begins when plaque builds up under the gum line and it leads to gingivitis and ultimately, to periodontitis. That is an issue you don’t want to deal with.
The following are some tips to help you have the healthiest gums you can possibly have and to avoid some of the serious problems that could occur if you don’t care for them properly. A special thanks to a dentist for advice on compiling this list:
First on the list is flossing, and most of us have heard that we should floss our teeth every day for our entire life. The problem is, very few of us listen to that advice and we just get by with brushing our teeth a few times a day.
Flossing should be done on a daily basis and it helps to remove any food that has become lodged in our teeth and it also helps to clean away plaque. It really does not matter when you floss, it’s just important to do it daily.
Hopefully You Don’t Smoke:
Do you smoke? Having healthy gums requires that you give up smoking right away. In fact, smoking is one of the issues that can lead to gum disease and it also has a negative effect on the immune system. If you want to fight off the infection that is gum disease, putting down the cigarettes and walking away is the best choice that you will ever make.
Get Regular Dental Cleanings:
When was the last time you were at the dentist for a regular cleaning? Many of us tend to put it off in favor of doing something else, anything else, but it is important to care for it if you want to have healthy gums. During the cleaning process, the gums are also going to receive a fair share of the treatment but there is something else that is important taking place that you may not realize. A professional teeth cleaning is not just a way to beautify your smile, it’s a way for the dentist to really get in there and see if there are any problems. They will know if you are flossing, so you might want to start doing it now.
Choose The Best Toothpaste
Choosing the right toothpaste is perhaps another option that most of us don’t really give the consideration that it deserves. The fact of the matter is, there are so many different choices available on the shelves that sometimes it can get overwhelming. I know from personal experience that many people simply go in and buy what’s on sale. If you purchase the right toothpaste, typically one that has fluoride, it will help to reduce a problem with gingivitis and keep your pearly whites nice and white.
Choose The Right Toothbrush
While we’re on the subject, not only is it important to choose the right toothpaste, choosing the right toothbrush can also make a difference in the health of your gums and your overall dental health as well. Again, this is something the people tend to gloss over when they are at the grocery store and suddenly remember that they need a new toothbrush. Typically, it is because their toothbrush has gotten so worn at home that it is actually starting to gross them out a little bit, but I digress.
Choosing the right toothbrush is vitally important because it will help to clean away plaque, food debris and anything that could have a negative effect on your teeth and your gums. Most people prefer a soft bristle and unless you have special instructions from your dentist, you should choose a soft bristle toothbrush as well.
Finally, brush your teeth twice daily. In fact, it is best if you brush them more than twice every day and there is certainly nothing wrong with brushing them after you eat every meal. Getting in the habit of brushing your teeth twice every day is going to save you a lot of headaches when it comes to your dental health and will make your gums healthy. Not only is this going to make your dentist happy, it will make you happy so you can go ahead and smile because your smile is great!