It’s all very well trying to have a nice white smile, but unless your gums are healthy and strong your teeth will simply fall out. It’s essential to look after your gums as they help keep your teeth firmly anchored into the jawbone. Your gums should look a nice pale pink colour, they should feel firm to the touch and shouldn’t bleed when brushed or flossed, as this is one of the first signs of gum disease. Did you know gum disease is the major cause of tooth loss in the world? So how can you get your gums into the peak of health?
It’s not very difficult, and is simply a matter of ensuring you thoroughly brush teeth twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time, and that you floss once-a-day. When you brush your teeth take a little time to gently brush the gums at the same time as this will help remove all the plaque bacteria that build up during the day. It can be easy to miss out sections of your mouth, so think of it being split into four quarters and brush each quarter for around 30 seconds before moving on to the next section.
Don’t forget to floss
There are probably very few people in the world who actually enjoy flossing, but it’s a necessary evil and it’s well worth taking the time to do it properly. In order to keep your gums healthy you need to floss right down to the bottom of the tooth and to just below the gum line. This will ensure all the plaque bacteria and food debris that build up in these areas are removed as efficiently as possible. Your dentist or hygienist would be very happy to give you advice on how to floss more effectively as there is definitely a bit of a technique to doing it properly.
If you hate flossing and find yourself skipping this essential step then look at alternative methods of cleaning in between your teeth. You can buy interdental brushes in various sizes and soft picks to reach in between the teeth. If you feel like splashing out, then think about investing in a water flosser or water pick. This works by squirting water under pressure in between the teeth, and it’s a very quick and easy way of removing food debris and plaque. This might be especially good if you find it very difficult to floss right at the back of your mouth.
Visit your dentist regularly
It can often only seem like a few weeks before another reminder slip from the dentist slips through the letterbox, and it can be very tempting to put off this essential appointment for professional cleaning and a full dental checkup. However it only takes an hour or so every six months to visit the dentist, and could save you time, pain and an awful lot of money in the future.
Having your teeth cleaned professionally at regular intervals has been shown to be one of the most effective ways of keeping teeth and gums healthy. Professional cleaning removes all the plaque deposits that collect in hard to reach areas, and an added bonus is that your smile will look a bit brighter and cleaner as a result as surface stains are removed from teeth.
Your dentist will be able to pick up any early signs of gum disease so that this problem can be treated quickly and effectively before it becomes chronic. Look after your gums and they will reward you by holding your teeth firmly in place. If you think you have any early signs of gum disease then contact your dentist for an appointment as soon as you can.