Caring for Your Gums
Maintaining healthy gums is vital to keeping your teeth healthy throughout your life. If teeth and gums are not
properly cared for, gum disease can develop, progressing from gingivitis to periodontitis then finally to tooth
loss. Gum care is intricately connected to the health of your teeth. But by following the five steps below, you can
drastically reduce your risk of gum disease.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day to maintain healthy gums and teeth. If possible, brush after every meal, but
wait thirty minutes before doing so. Acids in foods soften the enamel on teeth; so waiting allows it to re-harden
instead of getting brushed away. Make sure you're using the best brushing techniques:
Apply fluoride toothpaste to half of the toothbrush head.
Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line.
Using a light circular motion, move the bristles against the teeth, cleaning one tooth at a time.
Be sure to brush all sides of the teeth including crevices, the chewing surface of the teeth, and the backside.
Don’t forget to lightly brush your tongue a few times. This helps freshen your breath and eliminate bacteria.
After brushing for two to three minutes, rinse your mouth with water. Remember to get a new soft bristled
toothbrush every three to four months.
It is necessary to floss at least once a day to help remove plaque and food that can build up between teeth.
Take a foot and a half piece of floss, winding it around the middle fingers on each hand to leave a one-inch space
available for flossing.
Use your index fingers to insert and push the floss between the teeth, forming a C-shape that hugs the tooth. Next,
move the floss down and up against the tooth. Be sure it reaches the gum line, but be careful not to push too hard
so as not to injure the gums.
Individually clean both sides of each gap between the teeth.
Move to a clean section of the floss when needed and wrap the extra floss around the fingers.
The right antiseptic mouthwash can be a beneficial supplement to your oral hygiene routine, killing bacteria before
it can develop into early gum disease.
Use an antiseptic rinse specially formulated to prevent the growth of bacteria that causes gum disease.
Swish the mouthwash around for thirty seconds to one minute.
You can rinse after or before you brush.
Limit your consumption of foods that include starches and sugars. These types of foods can cause bacteria to produce
acid. If possible, brush thirty minutes after eating foods with high sugar or starch content. These types of foods
Baked goods like breads, cookies, cakes, and pies
All types of candy, especially hard candies that stay in your mouth for a long time
Dried fruits and raisins
Chips and crackers
Dr. Karl "Tony" Rose
Regular visits to your dentist are invaluable in gum
disease prevention. Teeth should be cleaned professionally every six months to help inhibit tartar buildup and
early signs of gum disease. Periodontist Dr. Karl A. Rose and his staff are prepared to treat and reverse the worst
cases of gum disease to preserve your teeth. If you see any of these symptoms, schedule
an appointment immediately.
Tooth sensitivity to heat, cold, or sweets
Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth that won’t go away
A receding gum line
Bleeding, swollen, or tender gums
With care and forethought, your natural teeth can last you a lifetime. Contact Dr. Rose today to find out more about
caring for your teeth and gums.
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