Simple tips for happy gums

Taking care of your gums is an important part of proper oral hygiene. Healthy gums protect your teeth from decay and bone loss around your teeth.

Learn the right way to floss

Flossing daily is a way to clear the hard-to-reach areas in-between your teeth of food debris and bacteria. Follow these easy steps to ensure you’re flossing sufficiently to protect your mouth from gum disease:

  • Take about a foot and a half of floss and then wind most of it around each middle finger until there’s one or two inches left to work with
  • Pinch the floss between your thumbs and index fingers to keep it tight and gently slide it between your teeth with an up and down motion
  • At the base of each tooth, gently curve the floss below the gumline while taking care to not force the floss and cut delicate gum tissue
  • Move from tooth to tooth but always unwind new sections of floss so that you’re using a clean stretch that’s free of bacteria

If you’re still not sure if you’re doing it right, ask your dentist and they’ll be happy to show you.

Rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash

Using an antiseptic mouthwash can rinse away particles from small spaces that your brush or floss did not reach and helps to kill bacteria. As a bonus, this same bacteria can cause bad breath.

Consider investing in a water flosser (water pick)

Utilizing a stream of pressurized, pulsating water, a water flosser is an oral care technology capable of cleaning plaque, food particles and bacteria away while gently stimulating gum tissue for additional health benefits. Water flossers are clinically proven to reduce gingivitis and remove plaque and an excellent choice for patients who wear braces or have a bridge, dental implants, partial, crowns or other dental appliance.

Schedule two checkups and cleanings per year

No matter how proficient your daily oral hygiene routine, plaque is still bound to slowly build up between your teeth and at the gumline over time. Visiting your dentist every six months for a professional cleaning is the only way to remove this plaque before it leads to cavities or more serious issues. Seeing your dentist twice a year will also allow any problems to be discovered early.