Adopting proper gum care habits is easier said than done. More often than not, you’d be caught in the humdrum of everyday life, forgetting about the right gum care practices. If you suddenly felt gum pain or sensitivity, you must take action as soon as possible.
Here are the ways you can properly take care of your gums:
Brush & Floss Regularly
You probably heard the advice ‘brush and floss regularly’ countless of times already. This is cliche advice but 100% true! If you brush and floss regularly, you can limit the chances of developing gum infections and other teeth problems. A regular brushing-flossing schedule should be at least twice per day. Anything lower than this is inefficient and ineffective.
Another factor that you should note is the way you brush and floss. Are you brushing your upper and lower teeth? How about the molars? Or perhaps the tongue? Do you floss using the right techniques? These are some questions that can guide you properly.
Excellent Nutrition for Your Gums
Regular brushing and flossing can help a lot but they’re just not enough. You should back these habits up by getting proper nutrition every single day. If you don’t mind your nutrition, your dental habits won’t make a difference. It’s like washing a dirty cloth and soaking it in axel grease right away.
To fix your diet or nutrition, you can try these following foods:
- Vitamin D sources (fish, liver oil, egg yolks)
- Vitamin C sources (oranges, strawberries, kale)
- Antioxidant sources (apples, nuts, beans, berries)
- Water-rich foods (cucumber, watermelon, carrots)
- Cheese & milk
As a rule of thumb, you should avoid processed foods. Commercial hotdogs, burgers, fries, smoothies, toffee, and hard candies are bad for your gums and overall health. You should also be wary with dried fruits and concentrated fruit juices. Choose water instead of sodas!
Along the way, you might consider bread and other pastries. Try to limit your intake of these foods. One of the reasons is the direct negative effect of starch. It will react to almost anything, thus damaging your teeth enamel in the long run. If your teeth are badly decayed, your gums might get irritated. And if your gums are irritated, there will be long-term damage. It’s a bad situation indeed!
Be Reasonably Gentle With Your Gums
Believe it or not – some people have serious gum problems because they’re not gentle enough while brushing, flossing, or even chewing. While you’re not required to dampen your gums with cotton every minute, you shouldn’t be harsh as well. If you’re brushing your teeth, don’t go too fast or you might end up bumping your gums accidentally. While flossing, don’t let the string graze the gum sections too much.
What if you have gum sores? The best thing to do is to follow natural home remedies and seek the advice of your dentist. Gum sores shouldn’t be neglected because they tend to get worse over time. If you’re not careful, sores can become ulcers, then ulcers can become infections.
Create a Progress Log
If you feel that creating a ‘gum care journal’ is nerdy, then envision yourself paying a fortune to restore your teeth and gums. Documenting your gum care progress today is a wise move. Every day, you can assess the pain or you can figure out what habits should be improved. A simple notebook is enough to contain your gum care progress. Or you can even try downloadable mobile notepads.
Still, documenting is one thing. Following up with your gum care regimen is another. You will have better progress by coordinating with your dentist.
Following the mentioned gum care habits is not a guarantee that you won’t encounter any gum-related issues in the future. But understand this: you will have a strong chance of winning against periodontitis! Further, your gum care habits will even be better if you can work closely with your trusted dentist.
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