Caring for your teeth and gums go hand in hand, but sometimes people don’t quite know how to completely care for their gums. Well, if you’re one of these people, we are happy to help you! First, we would like to inform you on the consequences of ignoring your gums. As you know, plaque grows on your teeth each day and there are different things you need to do to restrain the growth and eliminate the plaque. If the plaque isn’t treated, it can begin to irritate the gums, which is considered as an oral disease called gingivitis. If the plaque continues to grow and irritate, the disease can progress into the advanced stages: periodontitis and advanced periodontitis. As time goes on, this disease can result in the loss of your teeth. So, to prevent these issues, you can do the following:
Brush your teeth
Brushing is a very beneficial technique that helps clean the plaque off your teeth each day. If you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and if you brush at least twice a day, you will have a better chance at having strong and healthy gums.
Floss your teeth
Flossing is a great way to remove plaque from the areas in your mouth that cannot be reached with a toothbrush, like between your teeth. Flossing can also clean the base of your tooth, which is close to the gum line, and doing so will help your gums remain in tip-top shape. You should floss your teeth at least once a day, if not more.
Rinse your mouth
Rinsing your mouth with anti-gingivitis mouth rinse can also help prevent the disease. Simply sip a small amount of the liquid into your mouth and swish it around for 30-40 seconds, or however long the mouthwash label suggests. Then, when the time is up, spit the rinse into the sink. If you do this at least once a day, you are on the right track.
Visit your dentist
Visiting your dentist is the best thing you can do to prevent gum disease. During your cleanings, your dentist or hygienist will use a special tool to scrape the plaque off the surfaces of your teeth. This technique will completely clean your smile and free your gums from the destruction of plaque.
If you have any questions about gum care, please feel free to call our office today. We are here for you and your smile, and we are more than happy to answer any questions you have about caring for your gums!