Gum disease has been linked to other conditions like
- Heart attacks
- Rheumatoid arthritis
What Habits Can Help Keep Teeth and Gums Healthy?
The good news is that gum disease, together with other health issues concerning the mouth, are easily preventable. However, taking care of your gums should also be linked to taking care of your teeth. Taking a holistic approach to oral health is the best way to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other conditions that may harm your mouth.
Basics of Brushing
Everyone knows how to brush their teeth. However, not everyone is aware of brushing their teeth properly. Properly brushing your teeth means maximizing the plaque-fighting capabilities of a simple toothbrush and toothpaste. Here are a few things to keep in mind the next time you brush your teeth:
Brush your teeth twice a day, daily
The American Dental Association recommends that a person should brush their teeth twice a day, every day. Some experts recommend brushing your teeth after every meal in order to remove any food debris.
However, make sure to avoid brushing right after eating or drinking something acidic as this may cause the enamel of your teeth to break down.
Don’t forget the tongue
Invest in a toothbrush with a built-in tongue scraper. There may be bacteria harboring on the surface of your tongue that can harm your gums or teeth.
Use the right toothbrush and toothpaste
Make sure to use a toothpaste that has fluoride in it, which can help make enamel more resistant to bacteria. Also, use a toothbrush with soft and thin bristles that can be able to reach some areas of the gumline.
Replace your toothbrush: If the bristles of your brush start to appear flat or uneven, it’s time to buy a new toothbrush.
Technique is key
Take your time whenever you brush your teeth. If you rush things, you might end up not properly cleaning your teeth. Also, observe a proper tooth brushing technique:
- Remember to place your toothbrush at an angle, about 45 degrees, from your gumline.
- Make sure to brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of your teeth.
- Clean the inner surfaces of your teeth by angling your brush vertically, and brushing up and down.
Basics of flossing
If you don’t floss, then you might want to look into building the habit. Flossing cleans the in-between surfaces of your teeth and under the gumline, which are areas that are prone to plaque build-up. If you decide to start flossing, here are a few tips to remember: