5 Ways to Keep Your Gums Clean & Healthy

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When it comes to oral health, many of us focus strictly on our teeth. But did you know that having healthy gums is critical to having healthy teeth? Even though millions of Americans suffer from gum disease, it’s a preventable issue and can be easily avoided just by following these five tips!

  1. Floss
  2. Not everyone flosses, but those who do are far less likely to develop gum disease compared to those who don’t. That’s because flossing clears out plaque and bacteria from under the gum line, so that they cannot grow and cause any pain or discomfort. Always be sure to floss after you brush!

  3. Eat Well
  4. A varied diet is a good diet. Eating foods that are rich in calcium, protein, and fiber can keep your gums healthy and strong. Dairy, fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, and even drinking more water can keep your oral health in good shape. You should also avoid sugary or processed foods like candy, soda, and desserts to prevent bacteria buildup under the gum line.

  5. Don’t Smoke
  6. Smoking is very harmful to your health, especially your oral health. Not only does smoking suppress your immune system–making it more likely to develop infections–but it also coats your mouth with chemicals that can promote bacteria growth.

  7. Brush Properly
  8. Most of us brush our teeth twice a day, but are you doing it right? Brush your teeth using brisk, tiny circles to ensure that you’re removing plaque and bacteria from every area of your mouth, including your gums. Brush for at least two minutes to make sure you are good and thorough.

  9. See Your Dentist Twice a Year
  10. Prevent gum disease by visting Helotes Family Dentistry professionals twice a year. Not only will it save you time and money in the long run but it can also boost your overall health. We can detect early signs of gum disease even when the more obvious symptoms like swollen, red, and bleeding gums aren’t apparent. Gum disease is very treatable when it’s caught early on. Advanced gum disease is still treatable but it’s more expensive and extensive. Contact us for an appointment so that you can enjoy all of the benefits of optimum oral health.

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