Your gums are the fundamental tissue within which your teeth are embedded for optimal support and nutrient uptake. As the gums surround nearly 50% of your tooth’s surface, maintaining their condition and health is critical for your overall oral health and wellness. To improve your gums’ current state, you can adopt certain practices, all of which are mentioned below for your benefit.
1. Floss As You Brush
Flossing your teeth is generally considered a practice wherein the gaps between your it are targeted to remove any debris. This practice goes beyond the removal of food particles as it can also help clean your teeth and eliminate the possibility of bacterial growth. As the small slivers of space between your teeth can house bacteria given the limitations of just brushing the teeth, flossing can stop the spread of the germs from spreading onto the gums.
If bacteria festers in this oral tissue, it can lead to gingivitis, amongst many other complications that can adversely affect the health and support of your teeth. To avoid these consequences, a daily practice of flossing after brushing them must be followed for the best oral health.
2. Keep The Regimen Consistent
Keeping the regimen consistent includes brushing your teeth twice a day following a floss to avoid plaque and tartar build-up. You can also use a mouthwash to thoroughly rinse your mouth and remove any germs that might have entered the buccal cavity through your food. Using a tongue cleaner to keep the surface refreshed is also a sound idea to keep every area of the mouth clean and free of bacteria and avoid unnecessary trips to a dental clinic.
3. Addressing Holistic Oral Health
Oral health maintenance involves many aspects beginning from having any issues identified and corrected as soon as possible. Following the general guidelines recommended by a dentist is the best course of action to continue to ensure good gum health. This is not restricted to limiting injuries and habits that can impact your gums but also applies to your teeth, tongue, and overall environment in the oral cavity.
4. Schedule Your Visits
Creating time for appointments with your dentist is an absolute necessity as your visit can reveal a lot about your oral health, as mentioned in our previous blog. Your periodontist can help identify any underlying problems that your teeth and gums are experiencing and immediately treat them. Any unusual activity in your oral cavity can also be determined, and a treatment plan can be created to have it countered as soon as possible for the best results.
5. Choose Healthy & Nutritious Food
Your food can also affect your gum health as a continuous provision of nutrients is essential to keep the tissues healthy and alive. Eating foods rich in calcium can help you keep your teeth strong and optimum amounts of iron can help your gums stay healthy. Consuming foods and drinks that are not high in sugar or acids is particularly important. These can provide fuel for the bacteria to grow in number and cause unwanted complications.
6. Reconsider Habits
If you are a chain smoker, gradually reducing the number of cigarettes you smoke, if not stopping it altogether, is necessary. This habit must be reconsidered as your oral health is adversely affected by the smoke that discolors your teeth and creates acidic conditions in your mouth. Smoking can also lead to other complications such as a quicker build-up of plaque, tartar, and increases in the chances of cancer.