Unless you’re looking forward to a future of wearing dentures in Roxborough, maintaining and improving the health of your gums is a must. Unfortunately, many people have a tendency to overlook their gums when it comes to protecting their oral health and instead focus on achieving a brilliantly bright smile instead. However, healthy teeth need healthy gums in order to thrive.
When our gums don’t receive the attention they deserve they can become infected. This infection – commonly referred to as gum disease – can cause gum tissue to become red, inflamed and swollen.
As the disease progresses, gum tissue may start bleeding, especially after brushing or flossing. If gum disease is allowed to progress, the condition can develop into the far more serious periodontitis, a disease that attacks the tissue and underlying bone structure that holds our teeth into position. Once periodontitis destroys the foundation of our teeth, permanent tooth loss will occur.
Fortunately, you can take number of steps to help keep your gums healthy and your smile looking its best. So that you can avoid a future of wearing dentures in Roxborough, here are a few tips on how to maintain and improve your gum health.
Brush Your Teeth Correctly
By now, we shouldn’t need to explain why you need to brush and floss daily. But simply doing these habits isn’t enough to keep your gum healthy if you don’t do them correctly, especially when it comes to brushing.
The American Dental Association recommends people follow these steps when brushing:
- Brush at least twice a day for at least two minutes each time you brush.
- Replace your toothbrush at least once every 3 to 4 months, or sooner if the brush’s bristles have begun to fade.
- Brush your teeth at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
- Move your toothbrush back and forth using short strokes.
- Don’t apply too much pressure when brushing.
- Clean both sides of your teeth.
Choose the Right Brand of Toothpaste
You can easily feel overwhelmed when walking down the toothpaste aisle at the local grocery store. Fortunately, you can easily narrow down the right brand for you if you know what to look for.
For starters, you always need to buy a brand of toothpaste that contains fluoride and that carries the ADA’s seal of approval. Do that and you won’t go too far wrong. However, you should avoid using brands that advertise as helping to whiten your teeth. Whitening toothpastes contain added abrasive agents that work to scrub stains from the surface of your teeth. Of course, those same agents can also irritate gum tissue, making them more likely to become inflamed.
Floss Every Day. That’s Right, Every Day.
A commitment to healthy gums requires making a commitment to flossing every day. Not most days, not when you remember, but at least once every day.
Flossing works to remove food particles and harmful oral bacteria from areas of your mouth a toothbrush cannot reach, between your teeth and below the gum line. Failing to floss allows these substances to remain hidden and allow them to contribute to the development of tooth decay and gum disease.
If you still remain unconvinced about the need to floss, consider that the most common place for cavities to develop is actually between your teeth. Just keep that fact in mind the next time you think about not flossing.
Maintain a Balanced Diet
Maintaining a balanced diet does more than just keep your waist line in check, it also helps to reduce the damage plaque can do to the health of our teeth and gums.
Plaque – a sticky biofilm that clings to the surface of our teeth – uses the sugars we consume to produce acids that directly attack tooth enamel. The more sugar and starch in our diets, the more fuel plaque has to use when attacking our enamel.
By maintaining a balanced diet of fresh fruits and veggies, you can successfully starve plaque of the fuel it needs to damage the health of our teeth.
Receive Regular Dental Care
While brushing, flossing and diet all play an important role in helping to protect the health of your teeth, you can’t really put enough value on what regular dental care can do for your smile. Regular exams and cleanings provide our team at Roxborough Family Dental with the chance to spot the early signs of gum disease and tooth decay while still easily treatable.
Early detection ranks as one of the most effective means of preventing long-term damage to your oral health as it helps to prevent more serious problems from developing.
So if you really want to avoid a future of wearing dentures in Roxborough, make sure to provide your gums with the attention they deserve.