Keeping your gums healthy is very important to keep your whole mouth happy. Gums protect your jaw bone and hold your teeth in place. Gingivitis and periodontitis cause damage to the gums, and the infection can irreversibly spread causing tooth loss and more serious issues. Luckily, it is easy to keep your gums healthy and avoid problems that can harm your teeth.
West Village Dental Care in Dearborn, Michigan is dedicated to providing you and your family with the best dental care possible. Dr. Chris Mei has been practicing in Dearborn for over 30 years and has been nominated as one of the “top dentists” in Hour Magazine so you can trust his expertise and our qualified team. Let’s take a look at some tips for maintaining healthy gums.
Brush Twice a Day
Brushing your teeth reduces the number of bacteria in your mouth that builds up throughout the day. It is recommended that you brush after every meal if possible, but twice a day (after breakfast and dinner) should be sufficient.
Using a soft bristled toothbrush, gently brush your teeth and gums using short circular motions. Make sure you are thorough and get the front, back, and tops of each tooth. The toothbrush bristles should stay straight. If they are being pressed so that they lay flat against the tooth, you are brushing too hard and will not getting an effective clean. Your tongue should also be brushed to further reduce bacteria and keep breath fresh. It is also important to use a fluoridated toothpaste to help strengthen teeth and keep bacteria at bay.
Don’t Forget to Floss
Many people disregard flossing as unimportant. In reality, flossing is just as important as brushing because it removes plaque from in between teeth where a brush cannot reach. If you don’t floss, you are missing up to 40% of your total teeth surfaces. That’s a lot of plaque to ignore. You should be flossing at least once a day.
The best way to floss is still with the traditional floss string. Using your middle fingers to wrap the floss around, leave about an inch of floss to use between your teeth. Gently work the floss between your teeth with your index fingers. Make sure that the floss doesn’t snap onto your gums, as this can cause damage and irritation. You should use vertical motions to scrape between teeth, and along the gum line to remove any plaque buildup.
Using an antiseptic mouthwash gives your mouth an extra boost when added to your oral care routine. Bacteria can accumulate everywhere in your mouth, so giving it a proper rinse will help take care of your entire mouth, and not just your teeth.
You should also make regular visits to your dentist so they can assess the health of your mouth, remove any plaque and tartar that has built up, and give you suggestions for how you can better care for your mouth. A dentist will be able to fully inspect your gums to make sure that they are in good shape. If they detect any problems, they will help you fix them before they turn into something bigger.
If you have any questions about your gums, or are worried about your gums, give us a call at 313.563.4466 or contact us here today! We are happy to see you in our office and take a look at your gums to make sure that they are getting the care that they need.