It’s common for parents to educate their children from a young age to brush and floss their teeth daily. It’s an easy habit to form but it’s important to know why it’s good practice.
Poor gum health leads to the development of gum disease which is quite common in Australia. In fact, 30 per cent of adults experience mild to severe gum disease. So, to keep your gums healthy, read on to find out what you can do to prevent the biggest threat to your oral health.
Food and plaque can build up between your teeth and on your teeth enamel. This build-up can harbour bacteria, and when ignored can trigger the development of gum disease. Flossing at least once a day reduces and removes the plaque and food that’s beyond the reach of your toothbrush.
Brush your teeth well
Brushing your teeth twice a day, for at least two minutes each time, removes plaque and food trapped between your teeth and gums. Dentists recommend that you swap out your toothbrush or toothbrush head every three to four months to maintain quality and ensure your teeth are being cleaned properly with each use.
Use the right toothpaste and mouthwash
Many toothpaste brands claim to reduce gingivitis, but how do you know which toothpaste to trust? Toothpaste containing fluoride helps fight bacteria that harms both your teeth and gums so it’s a great choice for the sake of your gum health.
When it comes to mouthwash, make sure you choose a therapeutic mouthwash. Whilst cosmetic mouthwashes temporarily reduce bad breath, they don’t contain the necessary ingredients for long-lasting bacterial reduction.
Limit sugary, sticky, or starchy foods
By limiting your intake of sugary, sticky, and starchy foods, you’re well on your way to avoiding tooth decay. Tooth decay is caused by a combination of food debris and bacteria left in your mouth that takes hold as plaque forms on your gum. If left untreated, tooth decay can cause inflammation of your gums leading to infection.
Eliminate cigarettes and tobacco
The Better Health Channel reveals that smokers are at a much higher risk of developing gum disease than those who don’t. This is because smoking weakens your immune system, making it harder for your body to fight off a gum infection. And if you’ve developed gum disease, continuing to smoke makes it more difficult for your gums to heal.
Visit Gosford Family Dentist for regular checkups to keep your gums healthy
Your dentist can detect early signs of gum disease but making sure you plan ahead is important to prevent it from developing. Book an appointment with the friendly team at Gosford Family Dentist for a professional clean to remove tartar and plaque and help prevent the signs of gum disease.