Gums are connective tissues that protect the roots of your teeth. Without them, your teeth are far more vulnerable to decay than you’d think. When it comes to having healthy, beautiful teeth, gum health is of the utmost importance. After all, one-third of your teeth are actually hidden below the gum line, where they are secure and protected. Like your teeth, your gums need special and proper care in order to be healthy. Here are just a few ways to take care of your gums.
The reason why flossing is so important is that it keeps your gums clean. Floss just below the gum line to dislodge any trapped food particles or areas of bacteria growth so that they don’t harden into tartar. Along with consistent brushing, daily flossing will help prevent gum disease.
- Don’t Brush Too Hard
Bacteria aren’t the only things that can cause gum recession! Many of us are prone to taking the stresses of the day out on our teeth and gums, but this can take a toll on our gum health, too. Brushing too hard can create cuts on your gums and even cause them to recede over time.
- Don’t Smoke
Smoking is very harmful for your health and will diminish your immune response to different bacteria and infections. This means that the bacteria under your gums are more powerful than normal if you’re a smoker. Quitting smoking can be very difficult, but always remember how much better off your oral and overall health will be if you do.
- See Your Dentist Regularly
One of the reasons why biannual dental appointments are so important is that we can carefully keep track of your gum health, and make note of any changes before any type of infection or irregularity gets worse.
We Can Help You Have Healthy Gums!
If you’re concerned about your gum health or are in need of a cleaning and examination to ensure your gums are in good shape, contact our expert team at Today’s Dental to schedule an appointment.