Practicing good dental hygiene is a must if you wish to have healthy gums. While many overlook their gums when taking care of oral health and focus only on having a bright, white smile, it is essential that you focus on your gum health as well. Nearly 46% of all adults aged 30 years or more suffer from gum disease.
If you are looking to treat your gum-related problems, visit Dr. Dennis Hahn from Marine Hills Dentistry at Federal Way, Washington State. You will not be disappointed. Meanwhile, let’s look at ways to maintain healthy gums at home.
Flossing helps get rid of the food particles that are stuck between your teeth. You may have missed getting them out while brushing but flossing ensures no plaque remains stuck to your teeth. Any food particle or plaque that is stuck to your teeth can lead to tartar formation.
It is vital to brush your teeth at least twice a day for good oral hygiene. Clean your tongue to get rid of all bacteria and brush regularly to keep your teeth clean. Brushing using the right technique is also key to keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and brush your gums gently in short strokes. Brush all the surfaces of your teeth from within and on the outer side.
- Quit Smoking
Smoking makes you susceptible to gum disease as it hampers your immune system. Quit smoking to reduce your risk of developing gum disease among other health complications. There are no upsides to this habit.
- Regular Dental Checkups
Book an appointment with your dentist once every 6 months. It is essential for your dentist to check your teeth and clean your mouth. Professional cleaning helps remove all the tartar that has built up in the teeth. Any kind of plaque that you may have missed can be removed, easily.
Regular dental visits can help identify early signs of gum disease. You can prevent gingivitis (inflammation of the gums). By detecting the oral condition early, you can prevent severe complications and maintain good dental health.
Other Tips to Maintain Good Oral Health
- Eat healthy nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables, dairy.
- Avoid sugary foods, carbonated drinks, and foods that stick to your teeth.
- Wash your mouth thoroughly after every meal.
Book a consultation with Dr. Dennis Hahn by calling (253) 839-2800 or come visit our clinic at Marine Hills Dentistry, 1500 S Dash Point Road, Federal Way, Washington State 98003.