If our teeth are a magnificent house then our gums are the foundation and if our teeth are a beautiful flower then our gums are the roots and soil. Once you get that picture then you will understand that there is no way you can separate the health of the gums from the health of the teeth. Therefore, if you want healthy and strong teeth then our gums have to be healthy and strong as well. Let us look at a few tips we can apply in our daily lives to make our gums and teeth healthier.
- The foremost tip is one we learnt while we were in kindergarten. Brush your teeth at least twice a day. With time as we grew older we may have forgotten the right techniques for brushing our teeth. While brushing, aim for at least two minutes to get rid of the bacteria in the teeth and gums. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and in short delicate strokes clean the gums. This is essential since the gums are a delicate organ that can be easily ruptured and bleed.
- Flossing is just as important as brushing and these two activities go hand in hand. Flossing is particularly important for the gums as it gets rid of stuck food particles that attract bacteria which will cause gum swelling, inflammation and erode the gum line. Be gentle with the floss to avoid cutting your gums.
- Use mouthwash: The oral cavity is full of germs and bacteria which, if not gotten rid of, cause bad breath, gingivitis and plaque. Tartar and plaque is caused by bacteria and when they build up they cause gingivitis which is a gum disease that causes the gum to bleed. An anti-bacterial mouth wash rinse is important in dental hygiene.
- Maintain a healthy diet: Believe it or not some meals help the gums grow stronger. Vitamin C and some minerals help a lot in keeping at bay gingivitis and other dental issues. Cheese at the end of a meal helps pull away some of the plaque and food particles around the gums. It is also rich in calcium which is good for the gums and teeth. With this in mind, ensure that your diet includes fruits, vegetables and milk. Also make it a habit to chew sugarless gum after every meal as it helps in generating saliva which cleans away bacteria and neutralizes the acidity in the mouth. Generally avoid sugary foods.
- Visit the dentist: You may follow all the tips mentioned above but it cannot be stressed enough on the importance of visiting the dentist every six months. The dentist will keep your teeth in perfect condition as well as detecting any problems early one. He/she will also clean any plaque and tartar build up which are the primary causes of gum disease.
All the above tips only take a short time within the day. It just requires a slight adjustment in behavior that will result in a lifetime of healthy gums. Healthy gums are as a result of good oral hygiene and the eventual outcome is a boost in your confidence. Use your Ehic card to see the best dentist in your area and ask for more advice.