What You Can Do at Home to Help Keep Your Gums Healthy

Dentist showing technique of brushing teeth to his female patient in dental clinic.

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy could be one of the best decisions you make regarding your overall health. Healthy teeth and gums go a long way in helping us maintain a healthy body and mind. Most people think that they can only maintain healthy teeth by visiting our professionals every time they have a problem. However, healthy teeth require regular care to remain problem-free and functional. Healthy teeth also require healthy gums to hold them in place and to provide protection for the roots. Here are a few things you can do at home to keep your gums healthy.

Avoid Aggressive Brushing

When you brush your teeth aggressively, the friction from the bristles can cause damage to your gums. This damage might develop into a wound that provides a breeding space for bacteria, leading to gum disease. We also recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day to keep them free from plaque.

Avoid Smoking and Alcohol

Smokers are more vulnerable to gum disease as compared to non-smokers. Smoking fills the mouth with tar, which coats the teeth and gums. When not cleaned out, it starts to stain the teeth and provide room for bacteria that settles on them. Alcohol has sanitary properties, but it corrodes parts of the teeth and gums as well. Prolonged exposure to alcohol makes the gums weak and vulnerable to infection.

Drink Lots of Water

Water helps us to maintain high levels of hygiene in the mouth. By rinsing away food particles that get stuck between the teeth, water helps us prevent gum disease. It also helps us replenish our salivary glands, which provide a constant flow of saliva to clean the mouth.

Visit the Clinic Regularly

To keep your teeth and gums healthy, you will need to come in for a checkup regularly. Our professionals will identify and neutralize any threats to your oral health before they cause any damage. Don’t hesitate to contact us for any information regarding your oral health.