Prevent Bad Gums

Bacteria build up in your mouth can lead to periodontal disease, or gum disease, a serious infection of the gums. Without treating it promptly it can cause receding gum lines and tooth loss. Follow these tips to keep your gums, and whole mouth, healthy.

DO

BRUSH TWICE A DAY: This is one of the best things you can do to promote dental health. By using a good fluoride toothpaste and spending two full minutes of brushing all areas of your mouth, you'll effectively remove food particles, plaque and bacteria.

FLOSS DAILY: Flossing removes plaque and bacteria from places your toothbrush can't reach between your teeth and around your gum line. Use a wax dental floss to avoid shredding.

REGULAR DENTAL VISITS: Get your teeth professionally cleaned at your dentist's office every six months. These professional cleanings remove hardened plaque that you cannot remove yourself with brushing and flossing. Your dentist can also examine teeth and gums for early signs of gum disease.

USE A TONGUE SCRAPER: Tongue scrapers do a great job removing bacteria from your tongue and freshening your breath. Scrape your tongue twice a day after brushing.

DO NOT

SMOKE CIGARETTES: Smoking is a known contributor to lung disease, heart disease and cancer. It is also one of the leading causes of gum disease - so try to kick the habit.

EAT TOO MUCH SUGAR: Foods with high amounts of sugar release harmful acids that damage teeth and gums. Keep a healthy diet and brush your teeth immediately after consuming any dessert treats.

BRUSH TOO HARD: Although brushing teeth is extremely important, brushing too vigorously can harm gums and cause gum recession.

 

Gum disease is incredibly harmful but also incredibly preventable. Getting in the habit of practicing good oral hygiene will keep your smile looking and feeling healthy.

 

 

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