Have you ever realized that taking care of your gums is equally important as taking care of your teeth? As the supportive structure of our teeth, they play a crucial role in maintaining our oral health.
Almost one in two adults in the US have periodontal disease. And the advanced stages of gum disease can lead to dental pain and discomfort, and even tooth loss. Having healthy gingiva can impact our overall wellness and reduce the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, infertility, etc. These facts alone emphasize the importance of having healthy gums.
So, what are the best ways to maintain your gum health? Follow these steps from TruCare Dental.
Besides brushing your teeth, brush your gumlines as well. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently massage your gums and lift away the soft plaque biofilm.
You may get gum disease when plaque forms underneath your gum line. Not flossing can lead to this. Hence, we always remind our patients about the importance of flossing every day. This helps effectively remove the plaque and bacteria from hard-to-reach areas in the mouth, thus reducing the risk of gum disease.
Crispy vegetables and fresh fruits are great for your gum health. Fruits like carrots, celery, etc., are packed with vitamins that support soft-tissue health. Besides, biting and chewing them clean the teeth and stimulate blood flow in the gums. Adding plenty of fresh fruits and veggies to your diet will help your immune system fight the symptoms of gum disease and other health issues.
Drinking water supports healthy levels of saliva production, keeps the mouth moisturized, and rinses the food debris and excess bacteria from the mouth. To get more benefits from drinking water, choose fluoridated water as it will keep teeth strong and reduce cavities.
One of the most crucial steps in maintaining oral health is not to skip your preventive dental care appointments every six months. During your visits to TruCare Dental, we will clean your teeth and gums and eliminate plaque and tartar from between your teeth and just under the gums. This helps to reduce the risk of gum disease and bone loss. However, if you’ve had a history of gum infections, we recommend you visit our dentist every 3-4 months.
Call TruCare Dental at (972) 864-0000 or visit our dental office at Garland, TX 75041 to schedule an appointment with our dentist.