Most of us make an effort to look after our teeth; we brush ddiligentlyand floss regularly in abid to ensure that our smiles stays looking beautiful, but a lot of us don’t give anywhere near the same amount of time and attention to our gums. This is a mistake because our gums are just as important (if not more so) to our oral health, and our smiles, as our teeth.
Why are Gums so Important?
Your gums are the thing that keep your teeth in place. If they are not well looked after, you could end up with a mouth full of receeding gums, which will make you look rather long in the tooth, or worse still, you could actually end up losing teeth. No tonly that, but if you don’t take care of them, you could end up suffering from gum disease ofr absesses which can have a knock on effect to the health of your whole body!
The good news is, there are lots of relatively simple things you can do to keep yor gums in good contion, and ensure your smile, and your health, remain in good condition…
Say Not to Sugar
Sugar is the main cause of plaque and plaque ruins your teeth and gums, so minimize its presence in your life as much as you can for immediate results.
Yes, I know a lot of people really don’t like flossing, but it takes very little time out of the day, and it is one of the best things you can do for your gums, as well as your teeth. When you floss, you get rid of the plaque that you simply cannot reach with a toothbrush alone and since this plaque can work its way into pockets in the gums where it can cause all manner of havoc, that is a really good things. Floss at least once a day and your gums will thank you for it.
Get a Professional Clean Regularly
You shouldn’t just visit your dentist when you have a sore tooth or you need some serious root canal aftercare; visiting the dentist should be a preventitive measure where possible, and that is especially the case when it comes to the gums because it is far easier to prevent gum disease than it is to treat it. That’s why you should absolutely visit your dentist for regular hygiene appointments. They will be able to detect any early signs of gum disease and ensure that your mouth is clean and clear of tartar and plaque that could cause gingivitis or worse.
If you smoke, you undoubtedly know that it is bad for your health and can cause a range of issues including cancer and heart disease. You surely also know that it can cause the teeth to become discolored, but did you know that it can also contribute to gum diseas by weakening your immune system and making it more likely that an infection in the mouth will take hold? It’s not easy to give up smoking, but there is a lot of help to be found andit really is one of the best things you can do for yourself, let alone your mouth.
Use a Toothpaste that Contains Fluoride
Toothpastes that contain fluoride are readily available and they are much better then the alternatives when it comes to reducing gum disease. Just make sure that your chosen toothpaste has been approved by the ADA and it should be good, Brush at least twice daily and you should see healthier gums in no time at all.
Try a Therapeutic Mouthwash
Therapeutic mouthwashes are also readily available from pharmacies and they can really help to wash away plaque and slow down the development of tarter. Not only that, but many of them have been shown to prevent gingivitis when used as a preventitive measure, and to help reduce it once it is present. Of course, mouthwash will also help to rinse the mouth of food particles that can end up getting stuck and irritating the gums. Again, any mouthwash you use should be ADA approved, but other than that, you can choose any brand/flavor combination that you fancy.
Brush the Rigth Way
A lot of people brush their teeth twice daily, floss and seemingly do everythign right, but they still end up with lot sof plaque and sore gums. That’s often because they are not using the correct brushing technique, which means their efforts are not quite as successful as they could be.
The right way to brush your teeth is with a soft-bristled brush at a 45-degree angle. You should very gently move the brush back and forth, ensuring that every surface of the tooth has equal attention. This will limit the likelihood of receeding gums and ensure that surfaces are all completely clean.
Massage the Gums
Massaging your gums is a great way to promote their health. It gets the blood flowing to the area, which stimulates the gums and helps them to be as healthy ads they can possibly be. Simply put a little peppermint oil mixed in a little water on your fingers and massage the gums in small circular motions. It might look weird, but it really works!
Give Yor Mouth a Workout
You may also want to do a few simple mouth exercises to get the bloof flowing. Once you’ve massaged the area, bite down so that your teeth meet eachother (very gently) 40 or 50 times,. Do this every day and your gums will love you for it.
The Bottom Line
This might seem like a lot of effort to go to for your gums, but as I’ve said, good gum health is the root of good tooth health and it can have a positive impact on your overall health. So, design a mouthcare routined that includes as many of the above as possible and you will not regret it. As long as you’re consistent, gentle and you choose the products you use carefully, checking that they are safe, you should see huge improvements.