Oral Hygiene: 5 Tips for Healthy Gums

It’s important to have a beautiful healthy smile and we want the teeth to be as great as the gums. Check out these awesome tips on how to keep those gums tight and bright.

Tip One: Indulge in foods that promote gum health

There are foods that are good for your gums and promote optimal health. Ginger root for example promotes healthy tissue in your mouth because anti-inflammatory properties. Apples although expose your mouth to acids, help to remove plaque that sits on your teeth. Just make sure to rinse your mouth out afterwards to neutralize your mouth’s pH. Eating a salad fully of leafy greens helps keep mouths clean too because of the fiber. Because of the chewing it produces extra saliva.The extra saliva produced by chewing neutralizes mouth bacteria.

Tip Two: Go to the dentist to get your teeth cleaned

Just like you take your car to get an oil change, you have to do routine checkups at the dentist to keep your gums healthy. Because gum disease doesn’t hurt, avoiding going to the dentist can impact the detection of early gum disease. If not treated it becomes more advanced and moves to periodontal disease. symptoms if you see them on a regular basis. A professional cleaning is the only way to remove calculus and tartar that can be missed by brushing and flossing. Plus it helps give you fresh breath.

Tip Three: Brush twice a day

This is an oldie but goodie yet you be surprise how many people don’t brush twice a day. Most people brush in the morning but forget or fall asleep at night. With a soft bristle toothbrush or electric toothbrush (my favorite), brushing helps remove the food and plaque trapped between your teeth and gums. Tongue brushing helps too. Try your best to brush after every meal but if not definitely morning and night.

Tip Four: Floss Everyday! Like a Dentist

Flossing at least once a day helps remove the food that your toothbrush can’t reach. It doesn’t matter when you floss just get it done. My favorite thing to say to the patients is floss the teeth you want to keep.

Tip Five: Rinse with Mouthwash

As long as it has an ADA seal, your preference is ok. Mouthwash helps to reduce plaque, prevent or reduce gingivitis, reduce the speed that tartar develops. It’s not a substitute for flossing or brushing so don’t forget to do those as well. Make mouthwash fun by trying different ones or mixing a few of your favorites. Be sure to check out www.sdshouston.com or call Smile Design Studios, Family and Cosmetic dentistry at 281-969-7388. If you reference this article you will receive a free gift.  

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