Poor gum health has become a major health concern in communities across the country. Gum disease does not discriminate and affects men, women and children from all walks of lives. Gum health is directly related to the body’s overall well being and it is imperative to properly care for the gums. The good news is that it is easy to keep your gums healthy! Let’s take a look at 4 of the best ways to care for your gums and keep them healthy.
Brush and Floss After Each Meal
Removing food debris from between and around the teeth after eating will keep the gums happy and healthy. Making this commitment to your oral health can take some getting used to, so consider keeping a small oral health kit in your desk at work, in your car or in your backpack. If it is impossible to brush and floss after eating, carry sugar free gum with xylitol to chew to help remove any lingering food and bacteria.
There are special toothpastes and oral rinses on the market that are specifically designed to boost gum health. Speak to your dentist about the best choice for you. Sometimes prescription oral health products may be the best option, and your dentist will be able to prescribe these for you.
Oil pulling is an ancient ayurvedic practice that is very effective at keeping the gums healthy. It takes a daily commitment of 5-10 minutes and consists of swishing oil in the mouth for several minutes, then spitting the oil out into the trash. It comes down to personal preference, but coconut and sesame oils tend to be the favored varieties.
The act of oil pulling removes bacteria from between the teeth and is very effective and cleaning up in the gum line. Making it a regular part of your daily routine can be a daily act of self care, resulting in better gum health.
When we eat too much sugar and too much processed foods, our oral health can pay the price. Do your best to eat whole plant foods at every meal and avoid snacking mindlessly throughout the day. Also, avoiding sugary drinks and sticky treats will help keep the teeth and gums as healthy as possible.
When you indulge in a sweet treat, remember to rinse your mouth with water until you can get to a sink to brush and floss. We want to avoid any lingering residue from the food and drink consumed that could cause damage to the teeth and gums.
Visit the Dentist Twice Yearly
One of the best ways to keep your gums healthy is to maintain a regular dental cleaning routine. Your dentist and dental hygienist will remove any stubborn plaque from the teeth and examine the teeth and gums for any signs of decay or disease. Catching gum disease early is the best way to reverse it (with proper treatment). Be sure to see your dentist twice a year, or more often if you are concerned about the health of your gums.