How to Keep Your Gums Healthy

You may not give much thought to your gums, but they are an essential part of your oral health. Periodontal tissue, or gum tissue, protects the roots of your teeth and keeps bacteria and plaque from causing inflammation and disease below the gumline. Your gums also help anchor your teeth in place. In fact, one of the symptoms of gum disease is loose teeth.

Since 65 million Americans have gum disease, it’s never been more important to take excellent care of your gums to keep them healthy [1]. What are the best ways to keep your gums in tip-top shape? Here’s how to care for your periodontal tissue for healthy teeth and a beautiful smile!

Floss Your Teeth

If you skip flossing, you’re missing a significant amount of your teeth when cleaning them. Although brushing helps get the surfaces of teeth we can see, anywhere where two teeth touch is a place your toothbrush can’t properly reach. This is where floss comes in to clean those small, hard-to-reach areas.

Without flossing, you leave plaque, bacteria, and food particles to accumulate between teeth, which can cause chronic bad breath and gum disease as well as tooth decay. It doesn’t matter what kind of floss you use or when you floss—as long as you’re flossing, you can help keep your gums healthy [2].

Use a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush

Did you know brushing your gums is just as important as brushing your teeth? Gently brushing your gum tissue can help dislodge food and plaque that may be trapped just underneath the gumline. However, brushing with a stiff-bristled toothbrush can actually do more harm than good when it comes to cleaning your gums.

To protect your gum tissue while keeping it clean and healthy, always use a soft-bristled toothbrush. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends soft-bristled toothbrushes to prevent damage to gum tissue and tooth enamel.

In addition, choosing an electric toothbrush can help keep your gums as healthy as possible, as research shows they remove plaque and can improve gum health better than manual brushes [3].

Get Regular Dental Cleanings

Although brushing and flossing go a long way toward keeping your gum tissue healthy, they aren’t a replacement for seeing your dentist every six months or as needed to manage your oral health.

During your appointment, your dental hygienist will professionally clean and floss your teeth, removing plaque and tartar from places you might have missed during your oral care routine. Seeing your dentist in combination with proper oral care at home gives you your best chance to keep your gums healthy and prevent gum disease.

Your dentist can also identify the signs of gum disease early, giving you the opportunity to successfully reverse the condition before it compromises your smile. With the role that gums play in the health of your teeth and even your bodily health, it’s imperative to keep your gums in the best shape possible. How healthy are your gums? Find out today by booking an appointment with your local dentist.

Sources:
1. https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=162909
2. https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/f/flossing
3. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jcpe.13126

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How to Keep Your Gums Healthy
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What are the best ways to keep your gums in tip-top shape? Here’s how to care for your periodontal tissue for healthy teeth and a beautiful smile!
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Leesburg Family & Cosmetic Dentistry