A healthy smile is not only about the perfectively aligned, white shining cavity free teeth. Excellent oral health starts with healthy gums. The strength and integrity of gums is essential for stabilizing and supporting your teeth. Taking good care of your gums not only reduces the chances of gum diseases, bleeding gums, bad odor, tooth loss but also helps in improving the overall health. Here at our Oxnard dental center, we try to guide our patients to take good care of teeth as well as the gums. Without proper gum care, a significant portion of your dental and oral care health needs is missing. Regular dental visits can ensure that you never have to worry about gum diseases but there are some steps you can take at home to keep your gums healthy and your smiles healthier:
The right way to brush:
When you brush, do you also focus on the gum line? If not, its time to start! The deposition of plaque tends to be heaviest along the junction of gums and teeth, it is important to brush those areas thoroughly. The technique involves slightly angle your brush roughly about 45 degrees toward your gums. Apply slight pressure as aggressive brushing could lead to permanent gum recession. Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles and a comfortable head. Manual brushing is perfectly fine, investing in battery-powered or power brushes can help reduce the risk of extra application of force, risk of bleeding, gingivitis, and accumulation of plaque. It is advisable to change your toothbrushes every three to four months, before the bristles start to fray.
Certain areas of the mouth are difficult to clean with a brush but not with floss. Make a habit to floss at least once a day to remove the plaque and food that is stuck between your teeth.
Rinsing with mouthwash:
Mouthwash does more than just freshening your breath. It also reduces the formation of plaque, gum problems, and most importantly, removes food particles and debris from the mouth. Keep in mind, it is an aid, not a replacement for brushing or flossing.
Using fluorinated toothpaste:
There are a lot of toothpaste available in the market that claim multiple benefits. If your goal is healthy gums, make sure you choose the toothpaste that has fluoride in it, regardless of the brand. Choose your favorite flavor and color, it’s the fluoride that matters.
Smoking is not just bad for health but also increases the risk of gum diseases. Smoking causes staining and bad breath and is strongly related to the weakening of the immune system and onset of gum disease. Weaker the immune system difficult to fight the infections.
Regular dental cleanings:
A proper home oral hygiene practice with regular dental cleaning is the key to keep your gums healthy and sound. Your dentist will identify any early signs of gum disease if present, thereby preventing the disease even before it happens.
Take care of your teeth and gums today
Improper oral hygiene habits can result in gum diseases and various dental problems. Strong teeth and healthy gums are a sign of good health. Here at, Channel Island Family Dental we provide a wide range of dental services to Oxnard residents. Improve your smile and health with us. Contact today to book your appointments.