How to keep your gums healthy

Keeping your gums healthy is an essential part of maintaining your smile.

A healthy and beautiful smile is something that everyone would love to achieve — and whether your priority is straight teeth or fresh breath — it’s important that you don’t forget about your gums. Even if you have clean teeth and brush daily, it’s possible to develop gum disease, a condition that often goes unnoticed in its early stages. Read on for our top tips for keeping your gums healthy…

1. Floss every day

While it is essential that you brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush, it is just as important that you floss at least once every day. Flossing helps to remove leftover food particles and plaque from between your teeth and along the gum line, and goes a long way in keeping gum disease at bay. It doesn’t matter when you do it, as long as you find a time that works for your schedule and that it becomes parts of your routine.

2. Go for a professional clean

It’s advisable that you see your dentist every six months for a check-up and professional clean. During these appointments, your dentist will be able to identify any of the possible signs of gum disease and address them as early as possible. Professional cleans are also the only way to remove plaque that has hardened into tartar. If you are struggling with gingivitis, regular dental cleans can help to reverse the damage.

3. Use a fluoride toothpaste

It’s important that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and after meals if you can. This helps to get rid of food that may be stuck between your teeth and gums, and will keep your breath smelling fresh throughout the course of the day. Ideally, you should use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. This naturally-occurring mineral helps to strengthen the teeth and protect the enamel from erosion and decay.

4. Consider using a mouthwash

If you are concerned about the build-up of plaque, you might consider incorporating a mouthwash into your oral hygiene regime. There are a number of therapeutic mouthwashes that can help to reduce plaque and reduce your risk of gingivitis. Mouthwashes also help to get rid of food particles in the mouth and are particularly helpful after a meal. It’s important to note, however, that rinsing with a mouthwash is no substitute for brushing and flossing, so don’t forget to stick to these habits every day.

5. Don’t smoke

One of the best things you can do for your oral and overall health is to quit or avoid smoking altogether. Smoking has been associated with a higher risk of gum disease as it tends to weaken the immune system and make it more difficult to fight infections. If you do smoke, and need some help quitting the habit, speak to your dentist or doctor for advice and guidance.

 

How can we help?

At Dream Smiles Specialist Centre, we love to see our patients’ healthy smiles. We offer dental care for the whole family and are available to address any questions that you might have regarding your oral health.

We offer a range of general dentistry services and encourage our patients to come in and see us every six months for a routine check-up and clean. If we identify any of the early signs of gum disease, we will let you know what the best course of action is, depending on your needs. Remember that prevention is always cheaper than a cure, so don’t wait until you are in pain before coming in to see us.

If you would like to find out more about our general dental services, please have a look here.

To book an appointment at Dream Smiles Specialist Centre, please contact us here or give us a call on 07 33441220.