How To Get Healthy Gums And Why It Matters To Keep Them Healthy
When it comes to the matter of how to get healthy gums and teeth, prevention of problems is always better than cure. But the good news is that if you catch gum disease in its earliest stages there is a good chance your dentist can help you reverse it.
Why Do We Need Healthy Gums?
Healthy gums are essential for strong, healthy teeth. Gums keep the teeth in place, give you a solid bite and preserve facial harmony. But, due to different factors it is possible for gum health to be compromised.
So what can affect the health of your gums?
There are various factors that can interfere with gum health but in the majority of cases we find gum disease is caused by poor oral hygiene. Managing gum disease can be the difference between losing and keeping your teeth.
Medical conditions such as diabetes or HIV/AIDS can weaken the gums and make them prone to infection. Previous trauma in the mouth can also affect gum health.
Hormonal changes, particularly in girls and women, can affect the health of the gums and make them susceptible to infections.
Poor dental hygiene habits
Not brushing along the gum line and not flossing regularly can allow plaque to build up on your gums. Over time this plaque develops into a calcified substance called tartar, which can only be removed by your dentist. The bacteria in your mouth will multiply and cause an infection.
How Do I Know If I Have Gum Disease?
The early stages of gum disease may not be noticeable but you may see some redness or swelling in your gums. They may also bleed a little when you floss or brush too vigorously and generally be a little sensitive. If you experience any of these symptoms it is important to see your dentist, to prevent the problem from developing further into periodontitis.
Periodontitis is more advanced gum disease that affects the soft tissues and fibres in your mouth. When gum disease reaches this stage it is possible to stop the damage from spreading but not likely that your dentist can reverse the effects.
Periodontitis is usually accompanied by pain but some people still do not get to the dentist before it has become advanced. When it advances, it affects the bone that holds the soft tissue and teeth and you could experience bone loss. Periodontitis may also cause your teeth to loosen in your mouth. When your teeth drift out of position and start moving you can expect to experience further bone loss.
So how can you look after your gums and ensure they create a solid base for your teeth? Here are some top tips for healthy gums no matter your age:
Floss every day
Most dentists advocate flossing twice daily and we also think that’s a great idea but if you know you won’t do it day and night, just pick once a day and commit to it. Flossing once a day is better than not flossing at all.
Brush twice a day
Millions of bacteria breed in your mouth while you are asleep so it is important t clean your mouth before and after sleeping. Use a soft bristled toothbrush and make sure you hold it at a 45-degree angle between the teeth and the gum line so you can remove any plaque that is caught between them.
Live a healthy lifestyle
Avoiding food with lots of sugar and fizzy drinks can help you manage the amount of sugar your teeth are exposed to. Make sure you eat a diet rich in calcium and leafy green vegetables, to support the growth of strong healthy teeth and gums. Managing a healthy lifestyle will also make you stronger to deal with infections and can help you heal quicker should you end up developing one.
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