Ways to Keep Your Gums Healthy

Ways to Keep Your Gums Healthy

by Alex Hirsch (SU)

Many people rarely give their gums a second thought. That is, until they see their dentist! Swollen or red gums, bad breath, gums that bleed, and loose teeth are sure signs that one’s gums are in less than optimal condition and could be cause for concern. So how can a person fix sick gums? Here are some ways to keep your gums healthy.

Brush Twice a Day

The mouth is an inordinately dirty place so keeping one’s teeth, gums and tongue brushed at least twice daily – once in the morning and once at night – can help fight off the onset of tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing is the easiest way to keep plaque at bay and keep gums healthy. When brushing, be sure to use a soft-bristled brush and gently massage the gums. Brushing too aggressively or with a firm brush can not only wear down the enamel on your teeth, it can also wear down your gums.

Flossing

Flossing should go hand in hand with brushing and is not only excellent for removing bits of food stuck between teeth, it also helps strengthen gums and keeps them healthy. Don’t fret if your gums are sore or you notice some blood if you haven’t flossed in a long time; this will go away as your flossing becomes a habit. Remember, it doesn’t matter what time of day you floss, so long as you floss at least once a day.  

Get a Water Flosser

For those who may not like to floss, oral irrigators or water flossers provide an easy, convenient and effective way to keep gums healthy. These devices, which often are known by the brand name “Waterpik” (although there are a variety of brands to choose from) can be used to clean hard to get food out from between teeth and gums. Some people use a water flosser in lieu of traditional flossing – especially if they have trouble with dexterity or have had dental work like dentures, crowns and bridges. Water flossers are especially helpful to floss between brackets and braces, making them ideal for children who might otherwise not floss at all.

Avoid Smoking and Chewing Tobacco

Smoking is miserable for a person’s health. Not only does it expose the body to carcinogens, it can also lead to the onset of gum disease. Chewing tobacco is notoriously bad for oral health, upping the risk of oral cancers considerably. That said, if you use tobacco products, try to stop. If you don’t use them, don’t start.

Fill the Gaps

If you should lose one or more teeth, or if you have to have a tooth extracted, be sure to fill the gaps. Whether an implant, bridge or crown, filling the gap will ensure your gums don’t start to shrink or weaken. Likewise, make sure that if you do have work done, or if you are fitted for dentures, that they fit properly and do not tear away at your gums, which could result in serious gum conditions.

Healthy Gums in Eugene

Dentists can tell a lot about your general health just by looking in your mouth. By having regular check-ups, your dentist can look for signs of gum disease, oral cancers, calcium deficiency, as well as certain diseases.  In Eugene, you need look no further than 360 Dental for a healthy smile. Dr. Ari Binder cares deeply about his patients and wants you to have the best and brightest smile possible. If you have problems and want to regain the confidence associated with a beautiful smile and healthy gums, than call 360 Dental at (541) 689-1645 or, make an appointment by clicking here. Make sure the person smiling back at you in the mirror has a smile you want.