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How To Keep Gums Healthy

January 18, 2022 12:21 am | Published by

Your gum health matters just as much as your tooth health! If you forget about your gums, it’s easy to develop gum disease and problems like bleeding, swelling, and even tooth loss. Here’s how to keep your gums healthy.

Brush Your Teeth Twice Daily

Brushing your teeth is good for both your teeth and gums. Be sure to brush at the gum line. This is where plaque and tartar build-up and cause irritation, inflammation, and infection. Brush twice a day for at least two minutes each time. Setting a timer or using an electric toothbrush with a built-in timer keeps you on track.

Floss Every Day

Not flossing is often the source of gum problems. You might brush every day, but flossing is the only way to get the plaque and food debris from between your teeth. Use a clean section of floss for each tooth to avoid spreading bacteria around your mouth. Slide the floss in a gentle up and down motion. If you haven’t flossed in a while, your gums might bleed. This is a sign of early gum disease. Keep flossing and as your gum health improves, the bleeding should stop.

Avoid Smoking & Tobacco Use

Smoking has many negative health consequences. Poor gum health is one example. People who smoke are twice as likely to get gum disease as non-smokers. Smoking also weakens your immune system, so healing from gum disease is harder. Quitting is one of the best things you can do for your gums and overall health.

Visit the Dentist Every Six Months

In its early stage, gum disease may not cause symptoms. Only a dentist can diagnose gum disease and help you improve your health before things get worse. That’s why it’s important to schedule regular appointments at least every six months. We look for problems, clean and polish your teeth, and treat gum disease with scaling and root planing if needed.

Stay Healthy with Meadow Creek Family Dentistry in Inman & Spartanburg, SC

When you take good care of your smile at home and visit our office for cleanings, your gums will stay healthy! Gum disease is common, but it’s easily reversed when you improve your oral hygiene. If you need further treatment, we’re here to help. If you have any questions about gum health or want to schedule an appointment at one of our locations, please contact us today.

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