It probably won't surprise you to learn that keeping your gums healthy requires many of the same steps as keeping your teeth healthy.
Taking care of your gums goes hand in hand with taking care of your teeth. You likely understand how the following steps help your teeth, but here’s how they help to keep your gums healthy, too.
Flossing ranks just above brushing your teeth when it comes to your gum health. Flossing allows you to clean the crevices between your teeth and gums that your toothbrush just can’t reach.
This prevents plaque from building up in those areas, which could otherwise lead to gum disease.
Keeping plaque off of your teeth helps keep it off your gums as well. Plaque buildup is especially abundant along the gum line, so when brushing your teeth be sure your toothbrush moves over your gums as well.
Regular Professional Cleanings & Checkups
Your dentist can detect gum disease early provided you see them regularly. Ideally, you should be visiting the dentist every six months for a cleaning and checkup. That way developing problems can be treated before they become more serious.
Professionals cleanings are really the only way to remove tartar (hardened dental plaque). As vigilant as you might be about brushing and flossing, tartar will still eventually build up, and it needs to be removed by a dental professional.
Add this to the already long list of reasons to quit smoking: Smoking is strongly linked with the onset of gum disease. Smoking weakens your immune system, and makes it harder to fight off a gum infection. Smoking also makes it more difficult for your gums to heal once they’ve been damaged.