We're always told that we need to care for our teeth, ever since we were kids. However, we shouldn't forget our gums - after all, they're just as important as our teeth. So, if you want good, over-all dental health, make sure you follow these tips for healthy gums.
Visit The Dentist Regularly
One of the best things you can do for your teeth and gums is to visit your dentist twice a year. Most people are so busy with their lives, or perhaps they think brushing and flossing daily is enough, however, the dentist, being a knowledgeable professional will be able to see thing you can't see, like cavities or gum diseases. If they do find something, they can give you advice or even treatments.
Floss Regularly and Properly
Flossing is an essential part of good dental health, and as many dentists may tell you, people don't do it enough or properly. Flossing should be done before brushing your teeth, to help lift out and loosen particles in your teeth that your toothbrush can't reach. These particles don't only cause tooth decay, but they can contribute to other periodontal disease and gingivitis (the inflammation of the gums.)
Instead of using water to wash out your mouth after brushing your teeth, consider using mouthwash. The mouth contains a lot of bacteria - actually, it has the most bacteria in our bodies. While brushing can help get rid of the bacteria, you might miss some of them. Using mouthwash can help kill all the bacteria in your teeth, even the ones your toothbrush may have missed. If you think mouthwash is too expensive or if you don't like the sting of mouthwash, you can make your own mouthwash by mixing some salt into a glass of lukewarm water.
Many of us get so enthusiastic about brushing that we brush a little too hard. The bristles in your toothbrush head help remove the particles in our teeth, but it can also harm our gums. These bristles can scrape and wound our gums, and leave them open to diseases and infection. So, first, choose the right type of toothbrush, one with soft bristles and the right size of head. Next, don't press down too hard when you're brushing near the gums. Gently brush your toothbrush head against your gums to clean it, using about half the width of your brush head.
Eat the Right Foods
Avoiding candy and starches can help your teeth stay healthy, as well as your gums. Also, eating fibrous fruits and vegetables, like celery, apples, lettuce, carrots, etc. can help your gums stay healthy. As you chew on these foods, the fibers can help massage your gums increase blood flow.
So, make sure you follow these tips, to ensure your gums stay healthy.