Healthy teeth need healthy gums to support them and ensure they may remain firmly in place. Gum disease, unfortunately, is a common problem, but it is preventable, and we’ve listed six ways you can keep your gums in the pink of health.
- Floss daily to remove dental plaque out of reach of your toothbrush.
- Book regular dental cleanings as we can quickly detect any signs of gum disease, and dental cleanings are an excellent way to reverse the first signs of gum disease, a condition called gingivitis.
- Quit smoking as smokers are more likely to develop gum disease. Also, smoking weakens the immune system making it harder to fight infections like gum disease.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and don’t forget to brush your tongue as this can harbour bacteria. Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits easily right to the back of your mouth, and change your toothbrush regularly, every three months or sooner if it begins to look worn.
- Choose fluoride toothpaste and spit, but don’t rinse after brushing to leave a thin layer of fluoride ions coating your teeth. Fluoride helps to strengthen teeth and fight bacteria that can cause gum disease.
- Choose a therapeutic mouthwash designed to help control dental plaque or fight gingivitis, or remove tartar.