Ways to Keep Your Gums Healthy

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Ways to Keep Your Gums Healthy

Why Your Gums Are So Important

When it comes to the health of your mouth, your gums are extremely important. As well as looking after the health of your mouth with regular cleaning, keeping them straight, and brightening your smile, you can never forget about your gums. Even if you have cavity-free teeth that dazzle, it does not mean that you are completely immune to the gum disease. Since gum disease is usually painless, the majority of people don’t have any idea that there is actually something wrong with their gums.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease begins when plaque builds up along and under the gum line. Plaque, a sticky firm-like substance is filled with bacteria, and spells trouble for your oral health. Having a build-up of plaque can lead to infections that can damage gum and bone, that leads to tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque can also cause gingivitis, which is the earliest stage of gum disease. Gingivitis can cause your gums to become:

  • Tender
  • Red
  • Prone to bleeding
  • Inflamed
  • Swollen

However, since the tissue and bone holding the teeth in place isn’t impacted, the damage can be reversed and treated.

As well as this you can also develop periodontitis, this is advanced gum disease. Periodontitis heavily impacts the bones that hold your teeth in place so it’s important to make sure it is looked at as soon as possible. Left untreated, it can even ruin the bones, gums and tissues connected to your teeth.

The last stage of gum disease is advanced periodontitis. This is when the bone and fibres supporting your teeth re destroyed, and is where a lot of people actually lose teeth. It can affect your bite, your overall dental health, and ultimately your teeth may need to be removed.

Signs that you may have gum disease include:

  • Gums that are red or swollen
  • Separating or loose feeling permanent teeth
  • Consistently bad taste or breath
  • Gums that easily bleed, most often when brushing
  • Tender gums
  • Gums that have come away from your teeth

The good news is that gum disease can be prevented. Let’s have a look at some of the ways you can make sure you keep your gums healthy:

Gum disease is preventable. Here are a few ways you can help keep your gums healthy.

Flossing

Not as many people as you might think actually take the time in their dental health routine, to make us of flossing. You should ideally. Be flossing at least once a day. It helps to remove food and the plaque that is beyond the reach of your toothbrush. It doesn’t really matter when you floss, however, you should be making sure it’s done at least once a day. Whether it’s in the morning, in the evening, or after a meal, make sure to add it to your oral health routine.

Regular Cleanings

Your dentist is the best person to detect the early signs of gum disease, especially when you see them, on a regular basis. Be sure to take regular trips to the dentist, this way symptoms can be treated before they become a more serious problem. The only way to remove tartar to have your teeth professionally cleaned. It can also help to remove any plaque that is missed when you floss and brush. If you have gingivitis, flossing, brushing, and dental cleanings can help to alleviate it and reverse it.

Stop Smoking

If there weren’t enough health beneficial reasons to stop smoking, another great reason to stop is the fact that smoking is strongly linked with the onset of gum disease. Smoking weakens your immune system, and it can also make it more difficult to fight back gum disease. Once your gums are damaged, smoking makes it much more difficult for them the heal. If you struggle to quit smoking make sure you seek help from a medical professional.

Brush Twice A Day

Everyone knows that you should be brushing your teeth twice a day, and most do. You should ideally be brushing your teeth after meals too. It helps to remove plaque, freshen you breathe, and get rid of any trapped food in your teeth and gums. You should also be scrubbing your tongue too, it’s a common area for bacteria to gather. Make sure your toothbrush fits comfortably in our mouth and has soft bristles.

You should consider using an electric toothbrush, as this can help to reduce plaque and gingivitis more than manual brushing. Make sure you change your toothbrush at least every three to four months, change it sooner if it starts to fray.

Use A Fluoride Toothpaste

As for toothpaste, there is certainly an abundance of options when it comes to choice. From brands that claim to freshen breath, whiten teeth, or reduce gingivitis, it can be difficult to know which one is the best for healthy gums. The main priority that you need to stick to is to ensure your toothpaste has fluoride in it, after that the colour and flavour is down to you.

Use A Good Mouthwash

Again there is certainly a lot of options available for mouthwash. However, when it comes to looking after the health of your gums you want to make sure you opt for a therapeutic mouthwash instead of just a standard one from off the shelf. This doe mean buying over the counter, but when it comes to your oral health you can’t cut corners. Therapeutic mouthwashes can help minimise plaque, reduce or prevent gingivitis, and slow down the speed that tartar builds up, or a mix of all of these benefits. Rinsing your mouth with a therapeutic mouthwash helps to remove debris and food particles, however, it’s certainly not a substitute for brushing or flossing.

Looking after the health of your gums is extremely important for your oral health. Keeping on top of dental care, flossing, brushing, and keeping an eye out for the telltale signs are all good ways for you to keep your gums healthy and your smile looking fantastic.

Comments ( 16 )

  • Kaila

    This is a great reminder that I need to floss more often! I get lazy at night and often put off flossing until the next day. My gums do bleed sometimes, which is a little concerning. I am hoping if I floss more often, the bleeding will subside.

    • Team ALIGNERCO

      Dear Kaila

      A little bit of bleeding while flossing aggressively is okay. Do visit your Dentist if this happens too often.

      Kind Regards,
      Team ALIGNERCO

  • Erin

    What’s the best anti-cavity toothpaste?

    • Team ALIGNERCO

      Dear Erin

      Thank you for your question, but you can choose from many fluoride kinds of toothpaste in stores.

      Kind Regards,
      Team ALIGNERCO

  • Micah

    People often forget about gums, only focusing on teeth! Gums are just as important!

    • Team ALIGNERCO

      Dear Micah

      We agree with you totally, as the gums nest the teeth it equally important to care for them as you do for your teeth.

      Kind Regards,
      Team ALIGNERCO

  • Court Sears

    How do you get a therapeutic mouth wash? Do you have to get a prescription?

    • Team ALIGNERCO

      Dear Court

      You do not need a prescription to buy therapeutic mouthwash. It is easily available online and in stores.

      Kind Regards,
      Team ALIGNERCO

  • Jane

    My dentist complimented me on my healthy gums 🙂 I was so relieved, lol. I got scared because sometimes my gums bleed from flossing too aggressively.

    • Team ALIGNERCO

      Dear Jane

      That is great news!!! Healthy gums house healthy teeth!

      Kind Regards,
      Team ALIGNERCO

  • Morgan

    What’s the best kind of mouth wash? I see so many different types and it just confuses me.

    • Team ALIGNERCO

      Dear Morgan

      There are two types of mouthwashes: cosmetic and therapeutic.

      Cosmetic mouthwashes control bad breath temporarily and leave a pleasant taste in your mouth.

      Therapeutic mouthwashes include ingredients that provide long-lasting bacterial reduction and can be used for conditions such as receding gums, gingivitis, dry mouth, and plaque buildup. They’re available over-the-counter and by prescription.

      Kind Regards,
      Team ALIGNERCO

  • Maurice

    Are red inflamed gums the first sign of gum disease? Or bleeding gums?

    • Team ALIGNERCO

      Dear Maurice

      Yes, bleeding gums are something to worry about and you need to see your Dentist ASAP to treat it.

      Regards,
      Team ALIGNERCO

  • Samantha

    Do you think it’s helpful to chew a special type of gum that helps your teeth, like after lunch if you can’t get around to brushing your teeth?

    • Team ALIGNERCO

      Dear Samantha

      Chewing sugarless gum can be an aid to your daily dental hygiene routine, but does not replace brushing and flossing. … Although chewing sugarless gum can help keep your teeth cleaner in the short-term, there is no substitute for brushing and flossing your teeth every day.

      Best Regards,
      Team ALIGNERCO

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