The gums and the teeth are frequently overlooked important areas of our health. Not only will healthy teeth give you a beautiful smile, they will increase your quality of life.
Protect Your Teeth
If you are an active athlete then it is highly recommended you protect your teeth with a mouth guard. This can prevent major damage to the teeth. Additionally if you are clenching or grinding your teeth then you need protection while you sleep. Clenching and grinding can also cause major headaches and jaw pain. The dentist will make you a night guard that will protect the teeth from significant damage as well as the gums from receding.
Brush And Floss Twice A Day
An important step in having healthy teeth and gums is with brushing and flossing daily. This will help to break down any plaque that has been forming throughout the day as we eat. While the toothbrush is great for the majority of the tooth surface, it cannot get in between the teeth. This is one of the main locations cavities start to form. Flossing daily is needed to disrupt the plaque that starts forming there. Plaque buildup can also lead to bleeding gums and gingivitis. Don’t forget to brush the cheeks and tongue as well- the bacteria hiding there are main causes of halitosis (bad breath).
Take the Right Vitamins
Vitamins are important for the health of our teeth and gums. For example, Vitamin C aids repairing and building connective tissues and is important for periodontal health. Vitamin A helps maintain the saliva flow in your mouth and ensure healing of the gums. Vitamin D is essential for bone strength. Vitamins also can prevent canker sores from arising and causing pain. By making sure you are getting the essential vitamins and eating healthy, your teeth and gums stay healthy.
Rinse After Meals
An antibacterial rinse is great at helping prevent damage to your teeth and will also aid in gum health. If you do not have an antibacterial rinse with you after eating then simply rinsing with water is good as well to neutralize the pH in our mouths. Another tip for after meals is chewing sugar free gum. This will stimulate saliva production which has protective agents that will help to limit bacteria growth after eating (and make your breath nice and fresh!).
Get Regular Dental Checkups
Make sure to see a dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings to prevent gum disease. If there is a problem it is always best addressed early. It can even save your life in some situations. Depending on your dental health, you should see a dentist AT LEAST twice a year for check-ups. If you are new to an area and looking for a dentist, asking friends and family for referrals is a great way to find one. If you do not know others yet then go online and read reviews.
With these tips you are on the road to healthier teeth and gums. This of course follows that you will be a healthier YOU. Don’t wait, schedule your free consultation visit today!