When it comes to oral hygiene, many people assume that their teeth are all they need to think about. However, your gums play a crucial role in protecting your body against harmful bacteria. Healthy gums are not just important in oral health- they help prevent diseases that affect the rest of the body as well. Follow these simple tips to keep your gums in good shape.
Brush and Floss Regularly
The simplest way to prevent disease in any part of the mouth is to regularly clean away food debris and bacteria. Floss your teeth every day and brush twice a day for best results. If you have sensitive gums, use a toothbrush with soft bristles to prevent irritation.
Use a Toothpaste with Fluoride
Toothpaste with fluoride helps to prevent gingivitis and other gum issues. (As you probably know, fluoride protects against cavities too!) Look for an ADA-recommended toothpaste with fluoride at the pharmacy. Click here for a list of these toothpaste options or look for the ADA seal on the packaging.
Know What to Avoid
Tobacco products can cause tooth decay, discoloration, and even oral cancer. Avoiding these products altogether is one of the best things you can do for gums, as well as your overall health. Excess sugar can also cause oral problems so be sure to enjoy sweets in moderation.
See Your Dentist Regularly
Regular exams will allow your dentist to monitor your gums over time so you can stay on top of your health. The ADA recommends you see your dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning. Call Brenham Family Dental to schedule your next checkup. Your gums will thank you!