For healthy teeth and gums, practicing adequate oral hygiene is extremely essential. Most people neglect the health of their gums and only pay attention to the appearance of their teeth. However, for pearly white and healthy teeth, healthy gums are very important. If you do not pay proper attention to your gums, plaque can build up along your gum line and can even cause Gingivitis. It is a gum disease that will cause your gums to become red, tender, and swollen which makes them prone to bleeding.
Fortunately, Gingivitis is not that severe and can be cured. But there are other gum diseases like Periodontitis which can cause some serious harm to your gums and can lead to teeth removal.
To avoid such problems, you need to follow a few practices to maintain proper oral hygiene. These practices are:
1) Proper Brushing
Brushing is the first and one of the most important steps in maintaining oral hygiene. You need to brush your teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning and once before going to sleep. Always use a soft bristle brush so that it doesn’t damage your gums. Moreover, make sure to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months and store it in a dry container to prevent the growth of bacteria.
You should floss at least once every day. It is necessary to remove the plaque and leftover food particles between your teeth that your toothbrush could not remove.
3) Correct Toothpaste
Whenever you are in a store to buy toothpaste, just check the ingredients list and ensure that it contains fluoride. Moreover, it should also have a seal of approval by IDA (Indian Dental Association) or ADA (American Dental Association).
4) Therapeutic Mouthwash
A therapeutic mouthwash will greatly help in preventing gum diseases and build-up of tartar and plaque. However, do not use it as a substitute for brushing or flossing. Look out for a mouthwash that has a seal of approval from IDA or ADA to ensure it’s safe and effective.
5) Regular Dental Checkups
No matter how well you take care of your oral hygiene, do not forget to visit a dentist from time to time. A dental checkup consists of professional cleaning of the mouth. Your dentist will detect the signs of any gum disease way before you can. This will prevent your gums from severe infections and damage. A professional cleaning will also remove any plaque or tartar that was not removed by brushing or flossing.
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