When was the last time you checked your gums to see if they are healthy? Gum care should be a part of your daily oral cleaning regimen. Your gums play a very vital role in protecting the bones of your teeth. So keeping them healthy will ensure the health of your teeth as well.
So what happens when you neglect to care for your gums? Here is a list of potential complications that you may face as a result of not caring for your gums:
- Inflammation, subsequently followed by infections
- Higher risk of stroke
- Bad breath
- Higher risk of getting Gingivitis (as a result of the formation of plaque)
- Tooth ache
- Loose teeth
In addition to these, damaged gums can lead to other ailments in the body. When you’re oral hygiene is compromised your body becomes more susceptible to bacteria and other agents. So keeping your gums in good condition will help your overall health. Now that you know why gum care is so important, let’s look at some tips to maintain your gums.
Brush Your Gums
Gently brush your gums in a circular motion. Take care not to be too forceful or you might end up scratching the gums, causing it to bleed or swell up. If you find that your toothbrush is a little too abrasive on your gums, get a soft-bristled baby toothbrush to brush your gums. Brushing your gums will help keep its surface free from plaque and other debris that you might otherwise not notice.
Flossing regularly will help keep your gums healthy by getting rid of any food bits that might get stuck between your teeth. There are many different types of flosses available. Consult with your dentist to find out which one is the most suitable for you. And just like brushing your gums, flossing should be done in a thorough yet gentle manner.
Use a Mouthwash
Use a mouthwash once a day. Its strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties will help kill any germs and keep your mouth clean. But make sure you do not overdo it. Overuse of mouthwash can also cause harm as it might dry out your mouth.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
This is a very crucial step in oral hygiene that most people ignore. Visit your dentist twice a year to determine if your teeth and gums are healthy. Instead of making an emergency appointment with the dentist when you develop a tooth ache or when your gums bleed, make it a point to see your dentist on a more regular basis to avoid such dire situations. If your dentist can identify gum disease or other oral ailments at an early stage, then you will be able to get it treated immediately, thus avoiding any future complications.
Eat a Diet Rich in Vitamin C
Include fruits such as oranges, lemon and strawberries in your diet. Foods rich in vitamin C are essential for good oral health.
Massage Your Gums
Massaging your gums is a great way to increase circulation and ensure your gums stay healthy. Simply massage your gums with your index finger gently. You can even use a little organic honey to massage as its anti-bacterial properties will help fight bacteria and other germs.
Always Rinse Your Mouth after a Meal
Make sure you rinse your mouth thoroughly after every meal. Even when you can’t feel any food particles stuck in your teeth, chances are that there is some food lodged in the nooks and corners of your teeth and gum. Rinsing your mouth is the only way to get rid of these small bits which, if left unattended, may rot and cause bad breath or even lead to the rotting of the teeth.
It’s time to stop ignoring our gums and start acknowledging the fact that they play a very important role in keeping our teeth in a good condition. And with the connection between gum health and stroke it only becomes even more essential that we do all that we can to keep our gums clean and healthy.