Most of the time, we only focus on our teeth. We are so conscious if it is straight enough or if it is white enough. However, you should also consider your gum health. This is what we are going to talk about in today’s article. What are these gum diseases and how can we ensure a healthy one.
Overview of gum diseases
If you must know, plaque can cause gum disease. It is a sticky substance that is filled with bacteria. Plaque can cause infections that can affect and hurt your gums. This can actually lead to tooth decay and gingivitis. When you have gingivitis, your gums can be prone to bleeding, tender, red, swollen, and inflamed.
Another gum disease is known as periodontitis. This is more advanced than gingivitis and if you do not treat it, it can destroy your gums, tissues, and bones that are all connected to your teeth.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
Here are the signs that you are suffering from gum disease:
- swollen gums
- red gums
- tender gums
- bad taste
- bad breath
- loose permanent teeth
How to take care of your gums?
The good news is, you can prevent gum disease. We have a number of practical tips for you and you should start doing it as soon as you can.
Regular check-up with your dentist
First of all, you need to make sure that you see your dentist regularly. This is so you are aware of your gum’s condition. In addition, your dentist can clean tartar which flossing and toothbrushing won’t be able to do. When you are suffering from gingivitis, regular visits to your dentist can help you cure it.
It is important that you floss even once a day. By doing so, you can remove the plaque or food that your toothbrush cannot reach. There is no recommended time for flossing. Whether you want to do it in the morning, night, or noon is just fine. As long as you floss, you are good to go.
Here’s another reason for you to stop smoking. Experts believe that smoking is associated with gum disease. It also weakens your immune system and it is harder for you to fight off infections. Now, if your gums are damaged, it would hard for it to heal if you constantly smoke.
Brush at least twice a day
If you are to get your toothbrush, make sure that it has soft bristles. It’s also good if you invest an electric or battery-powered one. These types of toothbrushes are proven to be more effective in cleaning. Also, you need to brush your tongue as well. Lastly, always change your toothbrush after three months.
Additional tip: Choose fluoride toothpaste.
Foods and drinks that are hurting your gums
Did you know that there are certain foods and beverages that are hurting your gums?
- sport drinks
- fruit juice
- dried fruits
- citrus fruits
- sticky candies
- starchy carbs
- caffeinated beverages
Now, we are not saying that you should say goodbye to these forever. Again, just make it a habit to rinse and brush your teeth. This can really help you maintain healthy gums.