Gum health is important not just for optimal oral health, but your overall health and wellbeing too! While gum disease can lead to tooth decay and tooth loss, it has also been linked to health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, pneumonia, and dementia. Fortunately, there are things you can do to safeguard your gums against irritation, infection, and disease. Read on for a few simple tips to improve your gum health!
- Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day
- Floss Every Day
- Eat a Healthy & Balanced Diet
- Visit Us Here at Hillstream Dental Every 6 Months
Brush your teeth at least twice every day for two minutes each time. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste, making gentle circular strokes. Be meticulous and strive to thoroughly clean every tooth surface–utilize the tip of the brush in order to reach tough-to-hit areas and turn it vertically to brush the inside of your front teeth. Additionally, brush your tongue from back to front and side-to-side, and replace your toothbrush every three to four months.
We know that many patients dread flossing. But the truth is that flossing is crucial to your gum health. Plaque and food particles hide between the teeth and under the gums. Without daily flossing, that build-up will lead to decay and gingivitis; and if left untreated, these issues can lead to cavities, tooth loss, and infection! String floss is a simple but effective tool for promoting healthy gums. Consider utilizing a water flosser too, particularly if you have braces or a bridge.
A healthy diet is good for both your teeth and your gums. Limit your consumption of sugary foods and beverages, as well as refined starches, which will become food for plaque. Whenever possible, fill your plate with nutritious fruits, veggies, lean protein, and dairy products, many of which help to strengthen your teeth and gums, and even reduce plaque. Drink plenty of water, and chew sugar-free gum for at least 20 minutes after eating (if you don’t have any jaw issues) to stimulate the production of saliva.
When it comes to keeping your gums healthy, you can’t do it all on your own. Regular dental visits give you a level of clean that just can’t be achieved at home. Our expert team will also keep an eye on your gum health, identifying and treating any signs of gum disease early. Contact us today to schedule a visit to our dental office in Rochester Hills or St. Clair Shores, MI!