How to Keep Your Gums Healthy
This is a partnered post with Sunstar. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
As a teen I binged on soda and sweets. While I was enjoying the good ‘ole days, I didn’t think about the affect it would have on my teeth and gums later in life. Now as an adult, I’m paying for those years drinking sodas with the stains on my teeth. As a parent of three, I take great pride in their teeth. My husband and I still brush the two younger children’s teeth because we want to ensure that it’s getting done right. But overall oral care goes beyond the teeth to the gums. I’m taking this learning time with my children to ensure that they know how to keep your gums healthy.
How to Keep Your Gums Healthy
Learning how to keep your gums healthy is about knowing what to do and actually following through. These five things should keep your mouth in tip-top shape for years to come.
Brush your teeth twice a day with toothpaste. Brushing your teeth morning and night is an essential part of good oral care. Contrary to what some people think, brushing too hard is not the best way to clean your teeth and remove plaque. My dentist told me that the best way to brush your teeth is to place your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle against your gums and move gently it in a circular motion. Hold on to the toothbrush like a pencil so you won’t be tempted to brush too hard. Make sure you change your toothbrush every three months.
Floss regularly to remove plaque from between teeth. Simply brushing your teeth is not enough. Flossing goes where your toothbrush bristles can’t and gets those food particles that get stuck between the teeth. In addition to string floss, there are other between the teeth cleaning options such as picks, threaders and brushes.
Cut back on sugar. Avoid sugary foods, as much as you can. The acid in sugars and carbonated beverages dissolves your tooth enamel. When sugar meets bacteria in the mouth, you get oral plaque. Plaque then leads to sensitive, bleeding gums, tooth decay and those dreaded cavities.
Drink lots of water. Not only does water help you stay hydrated, it also helps to keep your teeth white. The more water you drink, the more bacteria you flush off your teeth and out of your mouth. Less bacteria in your mouth means less risk of gum disease, fewer cavities and fresher breath. No one wants bad breath, right?
Visit the dentist every six months for a check-up and professional cleaning. This should go without saying, but it’s so important to visit your dentist twice a year for a check-up and cleaning.
Surprisingly, half of Americans 30 and older have gum disease. The main cause of gum inflammation is an accumulation of dental plaque, which can lead to tooth loss, receding gums, tooth sensitivity and pain. I’ve teamed up with Sunstar GUM, a leader in oral health care, to bring an awareness to the #YourGumsMatter campaign. The purpose of this campaign is to bring attention to ways adults and children can best protect their gums from disease by teaching the importance of gum health, how common gum diseases are, and how to prevent them.
Healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth and a healthy body. Gum disease changes the appearance of your mouth and weakens support for your teeth. It causes pain, red swollen gums, bleeding and/or loose teeth. Gum disease can also be linked to diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses. Your gums matter! Take care of them.