Most people ask how they can keep their teeth healthy, but have you ever wondered that the health of your gums mostly affects the health of your teeth. So it is essential to keep both your gums and teeth healthy to maintain good oral health.
When gum disease develops, it can have serious impacts on your overall health. The soft tissues of the mouth are teeming with bacteria. When gum disease is present, these bacteria can enter the bloodstream and travel to other parts of the body.
Some studies have linked gum disease with heart disease, stroke, respiratory illness, and more. So, getting your teeth inspected and cleaned by a professional every six months can go a long way toward improving your overall health.
Here are some tips that can help you in the long run.
A key way to prevent gum disease is by brushing your teeth at least twice per day. Ideally, brushing should be done in the morning and at night. Pick a toothbrush with a soft bristle and replace it every three to four months.
Flossing removes plaque from the areas that your toothbrush cannot reach.
Plaque that remains on the teeth will eventually harden into tartar. The only way to remove tartar is by a dental cleaning procedure.
When plaque and tartar build-up, it inflames the gums. If left untreated, the inflammation will cause gum disease. Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults.
Mild gum disease is called gingivitis. Gingivitis causes red, swollen, tender gums. Other symptoms include bleeding gums, bad breath, and loose teeth.
Smoking causes many negative effects on dental health. In fact, smoking is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. Smoking reduces blood flow and oxygenation to the gums. This can limit the chances for gum and bone tissue to properly heal. It can also increase the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Quitting smoking reduces these risks and improves the health of your gums.
Mouthwash can help to remove food particles and bacteria from the mouth. Choose a mouthwash that does not contain alcohol, which can dry out the mouth. Rinse for at least 30 seconds. The tooth-shaped mouthwash holder is easier to use than a cap. Using a cap can make it harder to distribute the mouthwash around your mouth.
You can eat a healthy diet and still experience gum problems. However, there are certain foods that promote good gum health. For example, yogurt contains probiotics that reduce inflammation. Leafy greens and carrots contain vitamin A, which supports tooth and gum health. It is best to avoid sugary and acidic foods, which can promote tooth decay.
To learn more about the tips to take care of your gums, schedule a consultation with Dr. Singh by calling Soos Creek Dental at (253) 631-8241 or visiting our office located at 17615 SE 272nd St, Covington, WA 98042.