Tips for Keeping Your Gums Healthy
Follow these simple at-home habits for healthier gums.
Most people tend to focus on keeping their teeth clean, but your habits and oral care routine should also focus on the health of your gums, too. So, how do you keep your gums healthy, apart from visiting our Cincinnati, OH, dentist Dr. Janette Williams for routine cleanings? Here’s how.
Floss Every Day
While brushing is an important component of everyone’s oral care routine, flossing is just as important. Unfortunately, many people choose not to floss every day. By flossing simply once a day you reduce the amount of plaque buildup around and under the gum line, which greatly reduces your risk for gum disease. This simple act alone could prevent gum disease.
Use Proper Brushing Technique
In order to maintain a healthy smile you actually have to be brushing properly. Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle facing the gum line. Use soft, circular motions to clean the teeth and gums (and don’t forget the back of your teeth, too). You aren’t done brushing your teeth until the 2-minute timer is up and you’ve also brushed your tongue and roof of your mouth, which all harbor that bad breath-producing bacteria.
If you are at risk for gingivitis you may want to talk with our Cincinnati, OH, general dentist about which kind of over-the-counter mouthwash would work best for you, your smile needs and for preventing gum disease. Certain rinses, when paired with proper brushing and flossing technique, can help dislodge and remove leftover food particles and bacteria.
Ditch the Cigarettes
Looking for another reason to quit smoking? Those who smoke or use tobacco products are far more likely to deal with cavities, severe gum disease, tooth loss and oral cancer than non-smokers. Ditching the cigarettes for good can have an almost immediate and profound effect on the health of your teeth and gums.
During the coronavirus, our Cincinnati, OH, family dentist and her team at Montgomery Dental Care are only providing treatment to patients dealing with dental emergencies. We’ve been providing those working in the medical community here in Cincinnati with extra gloves and masks to help keep them safe during the pandemic. Of course, if you are faced with a dental emergency please call (513) 793-5703 and we will be in touch shortly.