A Guide to Maintaining Healthy Gums

Maintaining Healthy Gums

Having healthy pink gums allows you to smile in confidence. So, maintaining pink esthetics is essential for better oral health without discomfort.

Here are five tips for maintaining healthy gums:

Plaque accumulation on teeth is the root cause of one to development of gum diseases. Removing the accumulating plaque from teeth surfaces within 24 hours is essential to maintain a healthy oral environment. Here are few tips from London Specialist Dentists periodontists (gum specialists) and dental hygienists for maintaining healthy gums:

  1. Brush properly, not repeatedly

Brush your teeth twice a day, in the morning and at night. It is really about brushing very carefully instead of repeatedly. Make sure to brush all the surfaces of your teeth. Always try to brush systematically by starting from one side rather than brushing here and there. Remember to brush your whole mouth, not just your teeth.

  1. Brush after meals, not before

It is important to remember to brush and clean after you are done eating, after breakfast and again after your last food or drink of the night. Brushing your teeth right before bedtime is important because if you eat again after you’ve brushed, you have defeated the purpose of brushing in the first place. You aim to eliminate as many bacteria as possible so they don’t grow during the night when you sleep.

  1. Use suitable interdental cleaning aids

Sometimes it’s difficult to remove plaque only by brushing with your toothbrush because it cannot reach some surfaces, especially between teeth. Dental floss

Dentists recommend flossing once a day before bed for anyone. However, it’s always better to use floss if you have tight contacts in between your teeth.

  • Bottlebrush

A bottle toothbrush is a small version of a conventional bottle brush. It can be inserted when there are tiny gaps between teeth.

  • End-tufted toothbrush

It’s a tiny toothbrush with a few bristles to reach the back teeth in your mouth. They can clean well around the isolated teeth as well.

  • Mouthwash

You can use chemical plaque control methods like mouthwashes as an adjunct to the above mechanical plaque control methods but under the guidance of your dentist. We advise regular Propolis mouthwash for two weeks during your treatment.

  1. Clean your dental appliances every day.

Dental appliances are the perfect places for food entrapment and plaque accumulation. So, if you already wear dental devices like dentures or orthodontic appliances, you should also clean those daily. Special toothbrushes like denture brushes and orthodontic brushes are available in the market.

  • Denture brush

It has two heads with soft bristles to clean your teeth and the denture surfaces separately.

  • Orthodontic brush

Bristles in the orthodontic brush have a V-shaped indentation in the middle to clean around the brackets properly.

Make sure to clean the removable devices after every meal under running water.

  1. Eat a healthy meal

Like any other tissue in our body, oral tissues also need many nutrients in adequate amounts to keep them functioning. Thus, having a balanced diet is essential to prevent gum diseases.

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