Here are 4 Ways to Maintain Healthy Gums

Here are 4 Ways to Maintain Healthy Gums

Posted by DR.OGIE on Mar 8 2022, 03:15 AM

Here are 4 Ways to Maintain Healthy Gums

Gum health is often neglected by many people. If proper oral hygiene is not maintained, bacterial infections can cause gum inflammation or gingivitis. 

Gingivitis causes red, swollen gums that bleed easily, as well as bad breath. Over time, untreated gingivitis can lead to periodontitis. This happens when the bacteria in plaque chronically irritate the gums and trigger an inflammatory response that negatively impacts the soft tissues and the bone that supports the teeth.

In this article, Dr. Robert A. Ogie, DDS, in Yuma, Arizona, recommends 4 basic oral care steps you should follow to keep your gums healthy.

Oral Care Tips for Healthy Gums

Brush and Floss Regularly

Brush twice a day for at least 2 minutes, making sure you cover all the surfaces of your teeth. You should also clean the areas between your teeth using interdental cleaners such as string floss, floss picks, or water flossers. 

Flossing before brushing removes plaque more efficiently and keeps your gums as well as your teeth healthy.

Use Mouthwash

You should rinse your mouth once a day with an antibacterial mouthwash. For best results, ask your dentist to prescribe a mouthwash that suits your specific needs. 

Using mouthwash after brushing is an effective way to reduce plaque buildup and maintain overall gum health. 

Quit Smoking and Take Care of Your Health

Smoking makes you more susceptible to gum disease because it weakens the immune system. The use of other tobacco products can also increase your risk of developing gingivitis or periodontitis. 

Medical conditions such as diabetes, HIV, or even Vitamin C deficiency, which make you more prone to infections, can lead to gum disease. Get a thorough medical checkup done to prevent gum disease and other health complications.

Visit the Dentist Regularly for Cleanings

Dental checkups typically include a professional cleaning of the teeth. Professional cleaning is the only way to remove the plaque you missed while brushing and the tartar buildup from your teeth and the best way to prevent gum disease.

Simple oral hygiene habits and regular dental checkups are usually enough to prevent and reverse gum disease. If you have any symptoms of gum disease, call Dr. Robert A. Ogie, DDS, at (928) 726-9262 or visit us at 2730 W 16th St, Yuma, AZ 85364.

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