The mouth plays a fundamental role in our general health and well being.
Therefore, keeping your mouth healthy is very important. A healthy smile is part of the personal presentation that expresses a lot of ourselves to others.
A healthy mouth is the reflection of a healthy body and a well integrated person in society.
Brush your teeth
Brushing twice daily is considered the minimum to keep your teeth and gums healthy. But, you may not know that the way you brush can have an impact on your gums, too.
Don’t brush too hard.
Use a toothbrush that is soft or extra-soft.
Brush at a 45-degree angle.
Every time you brush, aim for two minutes to help cut down on harmful bacteria in the mouth.
Replace toothbrushes every 3 to 4 months.
Floss your teeth
While flossing can seem like a drudgery, it goes a long way in helping to keep gums healthy. It removes plaque that would otherwise stay between the teeth and turn into tartar. Plaque and tartar buildup attract bacteria that will eventually lead to gum swelling and inflammation.
When you begin to floss, it will take it awhile to become a habit.
Aim to floss at least once per day and help yourself out.
Another benefit of flossing is that it’s heart-healthy: believe it or not, studies show that people who floss regularly have lower incidences of heart disease.
Using mouthwash is a good practice to do to maintain your oral health and to get rid of bad breath, it can help keep harmful bacteria at bay. It is effective in reaching the areas that the toothbrush can’t reach such as in between the teeth, the back of the throat, and on the inside of the cheeks.
Reduce your sugar intake
Nutrition is the key, increase the intake of vitamin c and calcium rich foods.
When the sugar you eat combines with the bacteria in your mouth, it leads to plaque. This plaque is known to cause bleeding gums, cavities and tooth decay. Also, remember that sugar and carbonated beverages can dissolve the enamel of your tooth. Therefore, one must cut back on their sugar intake to maintain healthy gums.
When you are stressed it is not easy to fight of infections and that includes periodontal diseases (gum disease).
Don’t forget the dentist
Of course, you need to see your dentist regularly: every six months. By doing so, your dentist can detect any problems early on and help to keep your teeth and gums in optimal condition. He or she will be able to clean any plaque and tartar build-up that can lead to diseased gums and will give you other pointers for your oral care
Taking care of your gums is an attitude, it’s a lifestyle.
Dr. Adrián Salazar Garelli