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6 ways to keep your gums healthy

Your oral hygiene is not just about the beauty and whiteness of your teeth or the freshness of your breath. Your gums also need some extra attention while considering a health check on your oral hygiene. Even if your teeth are straight and perfectly studded around your jaws with zero cavity in them, this doesn’t really assure that you won’t be possibly getting any gum disorders. Gum disorders are usually painless, therefore a lot of people eventually ignore the health of their gums and end up having severe gum diseases that can be prevented if they took better care of them.

What exactly is a gum disease?

Plaque is a sticky, transparent layer of germ deposits that sits on our teeth and gums. Gums can start having diseases when this layer of plaque gets thicker along the gum line. This sticky layer of germs eventually cause infections that may lead to painful gum diseases among which the most common is gingivitis.

How to find if you have gingivitis?

Even if you don’t feel any pain along your gums but see the following indications on your gums then perhaps you must set an appointment with your family dentist right away! Gingivitis can be detected if your gums are:

  • Swollen
  • Soft and Tender
  • Inflamed
  • Bleeding
  • Red

Keep your gums healthy

Even if you spot out any of these symptoms in your gum line, don’t panic or think that this makes your condition irrevocable because you still can reverse the situation by taking good care of your oral cavity through following measures:

  1. Regular Flossing – Flossing your teeth at least once a day helps you prevent and reduce the plaque layer. It is recommended to floss each time after you brush your teeth. Floss removes the food particles that are deposited in the corners of your teeth and are out of the brush’s reach.
  2. Quitting Cigarettes – If you are a smoker and expect your gums to be healthy, then probably you are asking for a lot! For a healthy oral cavity and disease-free gums, quitting the habit of smoking is a pre-requisite.
  3. Using a Mouthwash – a therapeutic mouthwash doesn’t just refreshes your breath, boosting your confidence, but also reduces the plaque layer embedded on your teeth. Make a habit of using a nice, medically treated mouthwash at least once a day.
  4. Seeing a Dentist regularly – Oral health is as important as your physical health. It is highly recommended to see a dentist on a regular basis even if you have cavity free, shiny and bright set of teeth.
  5. Using a fluoride rich toothpaste – Fluoride fight against gingivitis and freshens your breath. Make sure you use a toothpaste that is rich in fluoride. Brush your teeth twice a day with care and keep your gums healthy.
  6. Brushing your teeth, of course! – The advice of brushing your teeth regularly twice a day is something we all have grown up with. But most of us discontinue the habit when we grow up and often skip brushing teeth after midnight snacking. Make sure you must brush your teeth before going to sleep every night.

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