The health of the gums matters much more than most people assume. Gums are often forgotten about as they are concealed by the lips and quite resilient. However, gums are certainly visible when you smile and laugh. More importantly, the health of your gums has the potential to impact the rest of your oral health as well as your overall physical health. Here is exactly how you should approach gum care.
Brush Your Gums!
It is a mistake to brush the teeth and skip over the gums. The gums should be brushed twice per day just like the teeth and tongue. Focus on cleaning the gum line to decrease the level of bacteria living in this somewhat-hidden portion of your mouth.
Rinse With Mouthwash
Rinse out your mouth at least two times per day with antiseptic mouthwash. Also referred to as anti-gingivitis and antimicrobial mouthwash, this oral health solution will eliminate all that loose bacteria to preserve the integrity of your mouth. Antiseptic mouthwashes temporarily decrease bacteria that causes gum disease and plaque. You can pick up a mouthwash at a drugstore without any type of prescription. Opt for a mouthwash with fluoride to bolster the strength of your teeth. Mouthwashes with alcohol have the potential to dry out the mouth and prevent the flushing of harmful bacteria so give some consideration to the variety without alcohol.
Clean Between the Teeth
Toothbrushes can’t reach those tiny spaces in between teeth. Plaque and food end up stuck in these spaces. They will settle into the gums as well as the spaces between the teeth and wreak havoc. This is why everyone should floss their teeth at least once per day at a bare minimum.
Visit the Dentist Twice per Year
Regular dental visits will help your gums in several ways. For one, the dentist will be able to take a close look at your gums and teeth. If this checkup reveals gingivitis or another oral health issue in the early stages, it will be that much easier to eliminate it before it becomes a major problem. The dentist will examine the pocket space between the teeth and gums. Those who have gum disease will have especially deep pockets that worsen as nasty bacteria attack gum tissue.
The dentist will also check for gum bleeding and perform a cleaning to stop the accumulation of bacteria that threaten the integrity of your gums. This professional cleaning must happen at least two times per year to eliminate tartar and plaque near the gums. If plaque is not removed, it will eventually infect the gums. Infected gums will deteriorate to the point that they can’t support teeth. So don’t skip your 6-month dental visits!
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