So many people think they’ve got their gum health covered simply by brushing their teeth twice daily. As important as brushing your teeth regularly is, though, it’s not enough to keep your gums healthy in and of itself. A toothbrush can’t get to every single crevice in your mouth, and often that includes the areas around your gums that then become the most at risk.
This is why dentists recommend flossing regularly in addition to brushing. It’s an important part of keeping your gums healthy. We have a few more tips on how to protect your gums.
Brush Everything Twice Daily
While it’s not a cure-all, remembering to brush your teeth twice a day (once in the morning and once at night) is important for your gum health. Moreover, you must also remember to brush for 2 minutes each time, spending about 30 seconds on each quadrant of your mouth. Brush along the gum line and hit your tongue as well so you’re not just brushing the surface of your teeth. This way, you’re using a toothbrush to its full potential.
Floss (At Least) Once Daily
Flossing might be just as important as brushing. It helps get into the crevices a brush can’t reach, which is important as food and plaque get stuck in those spots, causing bacteria to form, and hurting your oral health. All of that sticky film that develops ends up putting you at higher risk of gum disease so try to remember to floss once a day with either floss or a soft pick brush.
Use an Antiseptic Mouthwash
After you’re done with your toothbrush, you should also try to remember to rinse your mouth out with an antiseptic mouthwash. Look for any mouthwash that claims it’s antibacterial or anti-plaque. Either way, it should help flush out some of that bacteria that’s built up in your mouth, preventing plaque from forming which in turn lowers your odds of getting gum disease. Look for a mouthwash that doesn’t have any alcohol in it, as alcohol can quickly dry your mouth out.
Go to Your Dentist
It can’t be overstated how important it is to visit the dentist at least twice a year, particularly in keeping your gums healthy. You might think your gums are perfectly fine and you might be following all the steps you should, but it’s still possible for you to develop gum disease. Visit your dentist and let them give you a thorough checkup just so you’re certain.
Catonsville Dental Care Can Handle All of Your Oral Care Needs
Catonsville Dental Care offers a wide variety of services when it comes to oral health. We have the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat any problem you have as quickly and painlessly as possible. With four dentists available at our office and a commitment to comfort, safety, and relaxation, you can’t find a better provider for your health. We look forward to helping you keep your smile perfect all year long and talking with you about your needs. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at 410-747-1115. For more tips and tricks, follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and YouTube.