Practising good oral hygiene is the best way to reduce your risk of issues such as tooth decay, gum recession and gum disease (periodontal disease) from developing. People often see their gums as an afterthought but in reality, healthy teeth need healthy gums in order to thrive and stay looking beautiful.
Some factors put you at a greater risk of developing gum disease, such as smoking, diabetes, certain medications and genetics. The good news is that you can help keep your gums healthy with a little extra care during your daily oral health habits. In this guide, we’ve covered 5 ways to look after your gums.
Brush and floss regularly: You should brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Ensure you replace your toothbrush every 4-5 months and brush in circular motions, covering all surfaces of the tooth – including the back and the chewing surfaces.
Use the right toothpaste: Knowing which toothpaste to choose can prove challenging, especially with so many options in the supermarket – from whitening toothpaste to formulas with baking soda. Look for toothpaste containing fluoride, or those that are specially formulated for healthy gums. Your dentist can provide tailored advice on the best toothpaste for your teeth and gums.
Rinse with mouthwash: Knowing when and how to rinse is something that many people rarely think about. While many people rinse their mouths out with water after brushing their teeth, this can actually remove the fluoride from the toothpaste – which is needed for proper care. Instead, consider using a fluoride mouthwash that can replace this fluoride. Try also rinsing after food, to reduce the build-up of plaque.
Stop smoking: As well as your overall health, smoking can harm your oral health – and can lead to periodontal disease, oral cancer and other issues such as tooth discolouration and bad breath. That’s because smoking weakens the immune system and can make a person more susceptible to gum disease. It’s recommended that you quit smoking and the use of other tobacco products.
Get regular checks at the dentist: Get a regular checkup at the dentist, since a professional clean is the only way to properly remove tartar, as well as plaque that may have been missed during your daily cleaning. Your dentist will also be able to detect any early signs of gum disease, so they can treat any issues before they get worse.
Visit the dentist if you’re showing symptoms of gum disease
If you’re experiencing swollen, sore or bleeding gums, you should make an appointment at your earliest convenience at Marsfield Dental Clinic. If it’s been more than six months since your last appointment, book a preventative dental appointment to ensure any signs of diseases are caught, and all plaque and tartar can be removed.
Book online or call the clinic on (02) 9887 1961 to discuss your symptoms and receive advice.
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