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4 Ways to Care for your Gums

When we think of our oral hygiene, most think of fresh breath and white teeth, but your gums act as the support system of your mouth. Having healthy gums and preventing Gum Disease is vital to keeping your entire mouth healthy. Early-stage gum disease can be overlooked as it often doesn’t cause obvious discomfort, which means most people don’t know there is something wrong with their gums. Periodontal Disease is known to cause systemic harm throughout your entire body. Here are 4 ways you can keep your gums, mouth, and support total health.
  1. Brush 2x a day. Bacteria-filled plaque builds up on your teeth and along the gumline. Brushing your teeth helps remove this plaque, supporting your dental hygiene. Dental professionals recommend an electric toothbrush. Studies have shown people who use an electric toothbrush have healthier gums, less tooth decay and also keep their teeth for longer, compared with those who use a manual toothbrush. Visit Regarding Dentistry to purchase the electric toothbrush our team recommends.
  2. Floss daily. The best defense against developing Gum Disease is to floss at least once a day. Flossing removes the plaque along the gumline your toothbrush can’t reach, protecting your gums from harmful bacteria. Floss with traditional string floss, or try an interdental cleaner like a Sulcabrush, Listerine Access Flosser or Waterpik Waterflosser; available at Regarding Dentistry. Join the Floss Challenge to support your daily flossing habit.
  3. Select a toothpaste and mouth rinse with fluoride. Fluoride kills bacteria in your mouth, which contributes to the onset of Periodontal Disease. Fluoridated therapeutic mouthwashes can help reduce plaque, prevent or lower the risk for gingivitis and reduce the speed of tartar development. Regarding Dentistry recommends clinical-strength dental essentials to support your gum health such as Fluoridex toothpaste and mouth rinse. Stop by to add clinical-strength products to your home regimen.
  4. Visit your dentist at least twice a year. Consistently visit your dentist for hygiene maintenance and a dental exam. During your visit, dental professionals can identify problems you may not be aware of and help treat any issues before they progress to a more harmful stage. Regular hygiene maintenance supports oral health and can help prevent Gum Disease from forming. To schedule a visit call 952.213.3477.

​If you follow these care guidelines your teeth will be whiter, your breath will be fresher, and your mouth will be healthier. Elevate your gum health and improve your total body health!