We all know keeping teeth clean and cared for is important. But, do you know whether your gums are healthy or what you can do to help them be healthier?
You have a much better chance at maintaining healthy gums using appropriate care techniques. The team at Dr. Stan Park Family Dentistry wants to help their patients achieve good oral health, and that includes caring for your gums. Lucky for you, there are a few ways to help your gums be at their very best.
1. Remember to Floss
You’ve probably heard this before, but flossing is extremely important. To help maintain healthy gums and teeth, you’ve got to floss at least once a day. Flossing helps remove plaque and things like food particles that your toothbrush can’t get to — and who wants gross food bits hanging out in their mouth? Flossing at least once a day is a good start, but ask your dentist for best flossing practices for your oral health needs.
2. Keep Up With Dental Cleanings
We know visiting the dentist isn’t always fun, but dental cleaning is very important when it comes to maintaining healthy gums. If you see us on a regular basis, there’s a better chance we’ll catch potential issues with your teeth or gums before they become serious issues.
With regular cleanings, you can make sure every little nook and cranny in your mouth is in good shape, because your dentist can sometimes do more to help then you can do on your own with brushing and flossing — as important as those tasks are.
3. Brush! Brush! Brush!
Speaking of brushing, don’t skip brushing your teeth! People may think they’re just keeping their teeth clean when they brush them at least twice a day, but brushing helps your gums too. Brushing, specifically after every meal, aids in removing food and plaque on your teeth and gums, and regular replacement of your toothbrush will help to keep both healthier too.
4. Fluoride Is Your Friend
Flavors and colors and shapes, oh my! It seems like no matter where you shop for your toothpaste, there are an overwhelming number of options when it comes to every aspect of the product. Picking a fluoride toothpaste is one of the best choices you can make when it comes to keeping your teeth and gums clean. Ask us at Dr. Stan Park Family Dentistry for recommendations if you need your choices narrowed down even further.
5. Mouthwash is Magic
Rinsing your mouth with mouthwash after brushing and flossing can help get even more food particles and other stuff you don’t want left behind out of your mouth. Mouthwash can also help to reduce or prevent things like gingivitis, which no one wants to deal with. Ask your dentist what sort of mouthwash is right for your oral healthcare routine.
At Dr. Stan Park Family Dentistry, we are committed to caring for your family’s dental needs — and that includes gum health. Follow these steps to give your gums a fighting shot at staying healthy, and talk to your dental health professional during a visit to our practice to learn more about what you can do to keep your gums healthy and happy.