Your oral health isn’t only about your teeth! Your gums play a large role in your health as well. Keeping them clean, healthy, and well-taken care of can prevent various diseases and support your overall tooth and oral health. Gum disease begins when plaque begins to build up on the gum line, which can then lead to tooth decay and gingivitis, which is the earliest stage of gum disease. This can lead to periodontitis, which is a more advanced form of gum disease. Fortunately, there are many preventative measures you can take.
The easiest and most effective way to prevent plaque buildup on the gum line is to floss, floss, floss! Don’t underestimate the power flossing has on your oral health – according to the American Dental Association, flossing can reach food and plaque that cannot be reached from your toothbrush. Try to incorporate it into your daily routine, whether it be in the morning, night, or while watching tv.
Brush Twice a Day
Brushing your teeth often and effectively is also extremely beneficial in preventing plaque buildup on the gum line as well as removing food, plaque, or other gunk in between or on the surface of teeth. Brush the front and back of your teeth, and make sure to angle the toothbrush onto your gum line too, without brushing hard enough to cause irritation. Consider switching to an electric toothbrush if you haven’t already, as they can be even more effective at removing plaque.
Pick the Right Toothpaste
With so many different claims and options available, it can be hard to pick out which toothpastes are better. We suggest picking a toothpaste with fluoride as well as one that is approved by the ADA logo on it so you know that it’s approved by dentists. While the type of toothbrush you use as well as your brushing habits have an impact on preventing gum disease, picking the right toothpaste is important as well.
The right mouthwash is a great supplement to complete your daily oral cleaning routine. Mouthwash can help reduce plaque and prevent gingivitis according to the ADA. It can also remove debris from your mouth after eating or get any pieces that you missed while brushing or flossing. Like toothpaste, make sure you pick a mouthwash that has the ADA stamp of approval. Remember that while using mouthwash is effective, it should not be used as a substitute for brushing or flossing.
Attend Regular Dental Check-Ups
Aside from having a strong oral cleaning routine at home, the best thing you can do for your gum health is to schedule check-ups every six months. Our dentists are dedicated to keeping your whole family’s smile healthy and can detect early signs of gum disease. The earlier it’s caught, the less work it will be to reverse. If you are due for a dental cleaning or have concerns about your gum or mouth health, don’t wait to reach out to our dental office in Evanston. We look forward to hearing from you!