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Make It a Habit: Proper Gum Care

When we think about our oral hygiene, we almost always focus on our teeth. While maintaining our pearly whites is important for a great smile, it isn’t the only thing you need to worry about keeping healthy. In addition to properly caring for your teeth, you also want to maintain the health of your gums.

Gum health is crucial for the overall health of your mouth. When you don’t properly take care of your gums, you’re at risk for things like bad breath, painful chewing, and even the loss of teeth. If you develop Periodontal Disease because you’re ignoring the health of your gums, you may experience irreparable damage.

Luckily, taking care of your gums doesn’t need to be difficult. Let’s take a look at a few things you should do to maintain your gum health.

Avoid Sugary Foods

When sugar isn’t properly removed from your teeth and gums, it becomes a breeding zone for bacteria. This can cause harmful plaque to begin forming.

You can ensure the health of your gums by avoiding sugary foods, snacks, and drinks. Instead, reach for foods that are high in Vitamin C and Zinc, both of which can help fight bacteria and prevent plaque from growing.

Brush Correctly

Properly removing bacteria from your gums is crucial for maintaining their health. If you’re only focusing on your teeth when you brush, you’re leaving your gums at risk of infection.

Brush twice a day, softly massaging your gums. Don’t brush your gums too hard or use a toothbrush with extremely coarse bristles, as this may cause damage.

Remember to Floss

When food becomes trapped between the teeth, it can cause the gums surrounding that area to become irritated and infected. If left untreated, you may develop Periodontal Disease.

Always remember to floss, particularly after eating a meal. At the very least, you should focus on flossing at least once a day.

Regular visits to your dentist are also important for maintaining your gum health. If you’re due for an appointment with Dr. Anderson, contact our Kansas City Cosmetic Dentistry office at 816.454.3336 to schedule an appointment.

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