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6 Ways to Keep Your Gums Healthy

Did you know that gum disease affects a whopping 47 percent of people over the age of 30? Over time, gum disease can lead to a whole slew of dental issues, including tooth shifting, tooth loss, and bone disintegration. As you may know, plaque buildup is the initial culprit here. As plaque hardens into tartar, it builds up and gets under the gum, causing bad breath, bleeding irritation, gum recession, and eventually, more serious issues. Fortunately, there are things you can do to ward off gingivitis and gum disease. In this article, a Miami Beach, FL dentist offers some advice on keeping your gums healthy.


Floss Regularly

That tiny thread of dental floss may very well be your most formidable weapon in the fight against gum disease. We recommend flossing at least once daily. Proper technique is important, too, but really the biggest thing is to just get into the habit. The good news is that once you’re used to flossing, you’ll start to really notice—and hate—that fuzzy-tooth feeling you get when you skip a session.


Brushing

No surprises here! Brushing at least twice a day is the most effective way to remove plaque before it hardens into tartar. It’s worth mentioning that electric toothbrushes are much more effective at removing plaque than manual ones. Ask your dentist for recommendations. Remember to replace your brush or brush head regularly!


Mouthwash

Mouthwashes will also help kill the germs that lead to gingivitis and gum disease. Ask your dentist for specific recommendations.


Visit The Dentist

No matter how diligent you are about brushing and flossing, professional cleanings are still crucial. Your dentist will also be able to evaluate the conditions of your gums, and adjust your treatment options and recommendations as needed. For instance, if you develop gingivitis, a deep cleaning may be necessary to help keep it from getting worse.


Don’t Smoke

Not only does smoking cause bad breath and staining, it also dries out your mouth and damages your teeth and gums. Plus, because it weakens your immune system, smokers have a harder time healing. 


D  rink Lots Of Water

Water helps rinse away plaque, and keeps your mouth from drying out. Drinking lots of water is great for the rest of your body, too!


Do you need to make an appointment for a dental exam? Contact us, your Miami Beach, FL dental clinic!

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