24 Sep How to Take Care of Your Gums
Did you know you can have perfectly straight, pearly white teeth and still be at risk for gum disease? Gum disease is a silent condition with little to no symptoms appearing until the disease has progressed into more advanced stages. Gum disease is easily prevented when you know how to take care of your gums.
Here are six ways to care for your gums and prevent gum disease.
- Brush twice a day, every single day. It’s easy to let daily routines slip. But even on the busiest of days, you should find the time to brush your teeth in the morning and evening.
- Floss daily. Like brushing twice a day, flossing is easy to forget. One of the consequences of not flossing every day is plaque buildup that causes gum disease.
- Visit your dentist 1-2 times a year for routine checkups and professional cleanings. Once plaque has built up and hardened it becomes tartar, which can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist. Hygienists can also clean in those hard-to-reach areas and blind spots you may miss with brushing and flossing.
- Use fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride helps fight cavities which is why most municipal water systems ensure their water contains fluoride. For optimal protection against cavities and gum disease, you should always use a fluoride toothpaste containing the ADA (American Dental Association) seal of approval.
- Use an ADA-approved therapeutic mouthwash. Mouthwash cannot take the place of flossing or brushing but it’s the perfect addition to your oral healthcare routine that gives added protection against gum disease.
Bonus tips for your toothbrush:
- Use a battery-powered or electric toothbrush if possible. Though a manual toothbrush works fine, battery or electric powered toothbrushes have been proven to clean better.
- Discard of your toothbrush or toothbrush head every three months or when the bristles become worn.
It’s never too late to start fighting gum disease. Begin implementing these tips into your oral healthcare routine today and call Renew Dental to request a checkup and cleaning appointment now to get on the road to healthy teeth and gums.