Having healthy gums is one of the things that contributes to a tip-top oral health and a beautiful smile. Even though brushing and flossing helps in maintaining a great gum health, there are other things you can do to take care of your gums.
If you are looking for ways on how to have a better gum health, here are some helpful things you can do:
Go for a Fluoride Toothpaste
If you are not using a toothpaste with fluoride, it’s about time that you do. Using a Fluoride toothpaste has a lot of benefits which includes:
- Reducing cavities
- Prevents tooth decay
- Helps develop the enamel with newly grown tooth
- Prevents plaque build-up
- Makes teeth more resistant to acid
So the next time you go shopping for a toothpaste, make sure to buy one with the ADA (American Dental Association) stamp and Fluoride ingredient.
Use a Gentle Mouthwash
Brushing and flossing are effective in cleaning certain areas of the mouth. However, adding a mouthwash in your routine will help minimize bacteria on the tongue, gums and the roof of your mouth. When used regularly, it will help fight gum disease and prevent cavities that can lead to tooth decay. Find a mouthwash that’s gentle enough for your mouth but tough on bacteria.
Add Calcium in your Diet
Our body needs calcium for so many reasons. One of them is because calcium helps make bones and teeth stronger. Having enough calcium aids in developing healthy teeth and gums. But in order to absorb calcium, ensure that you’re also getting enough Vitamin D.
Eating foods that are high in calcium is necessary if you want to maintain strong teeth and healthy gums. If you’re not a big fan of milk and dairy, Kale and Sardines are a great alternative!
Stay Away from Cigarettes
“Smoking cigarettes is dangerous to your health” has been used so many times in commercials and even in various products. If you want to achieve a healthy smile, smoking can be the worst habit to have.
Aside from tooth discoloration, smokers are more prone to gum diseases because smoking affects the soft tissues of the teeth. The effects of smoking is not only limited to oral health but it can affect your overall health too. Chronic smokers have lower immune system which is why when they develop gum diseases, it is harder for them to heal than those who doesn’t smoke.
Visit your Dentist
It is recommended to visit your dentist every 6 months to maintain healthy oral health but if you see any changes in your gums or teeth, it’s important to have it checked right away. It may not mean anything but like they say, “better to be safe than sorry”. While having a dental appointment, make sure to raise any concerns or ask tips so you’ll have proper guidance in maintaining a great oral health.
Do you have any questions about taking care of your gums or any concerns regarding oral health? Here at South Anchorage Dental Center, we provide the highest quality dental services and only use the most advanced techniques that are available. We would be happy to answer your queries and any questions you might have. We’re only a call away!