From a young age, it is drilled into us that we should take care of our teeth but many of us forget that our gums are actually equally as important.
Maintain good oral hygiene
Maintaining oral hygiene means brushing your teeth twice a day, paying particular attention to the gum line. This will ensure that any debris and plaque caught between your teeth and gums is removed. Flossing once a day is also essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums, as this will remove food particles that linger between each tooth and eventually cause yellow staining. Ask your hygienist here at Cornerhouse if you are unsure about the most effective way to brush and floss; many people find they are brushing for the recommended time but their teeth are still staining and this is often down to technique.
Feed your body the right fuel
There are certain foods that will help to keep your teeth strong and less susceptible to gum disease and other complications such as cavities. Many people will be pleased to hear that cheese is a particular friend to teeth as it is high in calcium, fortifying your teeth. Leafy greens are also a favourite, stimulating the production of saliva which in turn, washes away food particles and bacteria that can build and lead to plaque and tartar.
Know your risk factor
If you have conditions such as diabetes, are a smoker, or have a weakened immune system, you may be more exposed to developing gum disease and you may need to take more care than the average person. Changes in hormones during pregnancy can also impact upon your gums, making them more susceptible to plaque and inflammation.
Identify the early signs of gum disease
Do you have signs of:
- Bleeding gums when you floss?
- Bad breath?
- Swollen, red or tender gums?
If so, you may be suffering from gingivitis. Identifying these symptoms is paramount as if left untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis, an advanced form of gum disease that can cause tooth loss.
Visit your dental hygienist
Visits to the dental hygienist are equally important as visiting the dentist and each have different roles. Dental hygienists play a big preventative role where the health of your gums are concerned and regular check-ups are important in identifying any potential problems that may not be easy to spot yourself. Your dental hygienist can also perform a scale and polish (a deep clean of your teeth) to remove any tenacious surface staining that cannot be removed through brushing alone.
If you would like more information about our hygienist treatment here at Cornerhouse, please do not hesitate to contact us.