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When it comes to the health of your mouth, it’s about more than just your teeth. Even if you’re cavity free and have the brightest, whitest teeth in the city, it doesn’t mean that you’re immune to gum disease! Since it’s typically painless, most people don’t even realize that anything is wrong with their gums. Gum disease begins when plaque starts building up under the gum line. It can cause infections that hurt the gum and bone as well as cause tooth decay. The good news is that the damage is reversible so you can work to keep your gums healthy with these six simple tips:
- Quit smoking
Since smoking weakens your immune system, it can also make it more difficult to fight off a gum infection. Plus smoking also makes it difficult for your gums to heal once they’ve been damaged.
- Get regular dental check-ups
If you visit us on a regular basis we can detect the early signs of gum disease and treat the symptoms before things get serious. A professional cleaning from our team is also the best way to remove plaque build up that your brushing and flossing just can’t get rid of.
- Use flouride toothpaste
There are many toothpastes that claim to fight gingivitis, whiten your teeth and freshen your breath. If you’re looking for one that will help your gums stay healthy, go for one that contains flouride.
Flossing at least once every day helps remove food that your toothbrush can’t reach. It doesn’t matter what time of day you floss, as long as you make time for it!
- Use a therapeutic mouthwash
Available over the counter, therapeutic mouthwashes can help reduce plaque, prevent or reduce gingivitis and more. While it’s definitely not a substitute for brushing or flossing, a quick rinse helps remove food particles from your mouth.
- Brush twice a day
Brushing your teeth after every meal helps remove the food and plaque that get trapped between your gums/teeth. Look for a brush with soft bristles that fits into your mouth easily. You may also want to consider an electric toothbrush as these can help reduce gingivitis and plaque more than manual brushing alone.