Keeping your teeth healthy isn’t the only goal of good oral hygiene; your gums are just as important. This tissue supports your teeth and protects the body from bacteria. Unfortunately, gum disease is extremely common, and it’s the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. If your gums are unhealthy, your whole body is more vulnerable to disease. On the other hand, healthy gums mean you’re less likely to suffer from conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and more. Here are some tips on improving your gum health:
Tip #1: Floss Once a Day
Brushing keeps your teeth clean, but it can’t get between your teeth where food particles like to hide. Only flossing can do that, and studies show that flossing reduces your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. If you experience a bit of bleeding or swelling after starting to floss on a regular basis, that’s normal. However, if flossing keeps causing these problems, you are probably in the early stages of gum disease and should come visit the team at Johnson Family Dental in Paducah.
Tip #2: Gently Brush Your Gums
When brushing your teeth, you actually want to brush on and below the gumline, too. You want to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and move in a circular motion. Be careful not to brush too hard; your gums are sensitive, and brushing too hard can actually cause your gums to recede. Think of the brushing as massaging your gums, not scrubbing them.
Tip #3: Use Toothpaste with Fluoride
The best toothpaste for oral health will contain fluoride. You can tell by looking at the ingredient list. A good toothpaste will also have a little ADA seal in the corner. Fluoride helps prevent cavities and keeps your gums healthy.
Tip #4: Don’t Smoke
It’s well-established that smoking is bad for your health, and that applies to your oral health, as well. Smokers are more likely to get gum disease, and since smoking weakens the immune system, healing from gum infections and other damage can be a problem.
Tip #5: Visit the Dentist Twice a Year
You can examine your own gums in the mirror, but to really know the status of their health, you should come see Dr. Ben Johnson at Johnson Family Dental in Paducah. Through cleanings and exams, we can help prevent or treat gum disease, and provide advice on how to best care for your teeth and gums.
If you have questions, would like more information or would like to schedule an appointment at Johnson Family Dental, you may CLICK HERE or give us a call at (270) 554-3296. Johnson Family Dental is conveniently located at 2913 Lone Oak Rd, Paducah, KY 42003. Our office is open M-Th from 8am to 5pm daily.