Ways to keep your gums Healthy
- Floss: Floss at least once a day. This helps remove the plaque and food that’s beyond your toothbrush’s reach, according to the ADA.
- Get regular dental cleanings: Your dentist can detect early gum disease symptoms if you see them on a regular basis. That way symptom can be treated before they become more serious. A professional cleaning is the only way to remove tartar.
- Quit Smoking: smoking makes it more difficult for your gums to heal once they’ve been damaged.
- Brush Twice a day: Brush your teeth after every meal. This helps remove the food and plaque trapped between your teeth and gums. Scrub your tongue too, since it can harbor bacteria.
- Use fluoride toothpaste: Use battery-powered or electric toothbrush. These can help reduce gingivitis and plaque more than manual brushing. Change toothbrushes every three to four months or sooner if the bristles start to fray.
- Use a therapeutic mouthwash: Therapeutic mouthwashes can help reduce plaque.