We all know brushing and flossing are imperative for healthy teeth, but what about your gums? Gums, or Gingiva, are soft tissue that surround and seal your teeth, and their health is as important as your teeth’s health. Here are a few simple things you can do to make sure your gums are as healthy as your teeth:
- Using the right kind of toothbrush – The right kind of toothbrush can make a lot of difference. Make sure your toothbrush is soft, hard and medium brushes can begin to erode your gums.
- Floss Daily – Flossing not only cleans in between your teeth, it also keeps your gums clean. Food and debris get into your gums between the teeth, causing irritation and creating sites on which bacteria will grow.
- Use mouthwash – Mouthwash won’t replace brushing or flossing, but it will give your teeth and gums some support. And as an added bonus, mouthwash will make your breath fresh and it’s easy to use in the middle of the day.
- Cut Down On Sugar – Gums are affected by many of the same things that are bad for your teeth. Cutting down on sugary foods and drinks will preserve your gums and keep them strong.
- Regular Dental Visits – Visiting the dentist is the best way to make sure you are properly caring for your teeth and gums. Ideally, you should visit the dentist every six months, that way your dentist can help keep your all of your smile healthy.