How to Keep Your Gums Healthy

How to Keep Your Gums Healthy

Do you brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time? If so, then you are well on your way towards achieving and maintaining great oral health! However, your gums are just as important as your teeth and are a crucial part of keeping your mouth and your whole body healthy and strong. Read on to learn about how to keep your gums clean!

The Link Between Your Gums & Your Health

Plaque and bad bacteria can build up and congregate along and under the gumline. If left there, the bacteria can lead to gum inflammation and eventual gum infection. In addition to causing gum disease, bacteria can enter the bloodstream, which can potentially contribute to a series of health issues, such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, and kidney disease.

Different Ways to Clean Your Gums

Did you know that there are a wide range of tools that you can use to floss your teeth? Find a tool, or a combination of tools, that work best for you to effectively meet your dental needs. Some of the most common tools include:

  • Floss is an ultra-thin, soft string that you curl around your fingers and thread between your teeth in an up and down C-curved motion. Floss helps rid the gumline of food debris and bacteria to keep them healthy and clean.
  • Interdental brushes are handles with bristles on the end. They are intricately designed to clean the hard-to-reach areas in the back of the mouth and from along the gumline. These brushes come in a variety of shapes and sizes and could be the perfect compliment to your oral hygiene regimen.
  • Water flossers are user-friendly gadgets that utilize water pressure to push leftover food and bacteria out from between teeth and from below the gumline. They also encourage blood flow by massaging the gums. Water flossing is especially great for those with braces, permanent retainers, and dental bridges.

Floss Like a Boss

While the idea of flossing might sound like a tedious task, flossing your teeth at least once a day can help keep your oral health and overall health in balance. If traditional floss isn’t working for you, we encourage you to try out some of the other flossing tools to find what works best for you. Additionally, contact our office for additional tips to maintain a strong and healthy smile.

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