While healthy, shining teeth are the epitome of a beautiful smile, health gums are a key part of an overall healthy smile. When you neglect your gum health, you increase your risk of developing gum disease. Gum disease can affect the health and function of your teeth, gums, and supporting bone structure. In an effort to reduce your risk of gum disease and improve your gum health, try incorporating these key tips.
1. Floss Your Teeth
Flossing is a great way to remove food particles, plaque, and debris from between your teeth. In theory, flossing helps removes things in your teeth that brushing cannot reach, which is why it is important to floss in conjunction with brushing your teeth. When it comes to deciding how many times you should floss a day, flossing once a day is ideal; however some patients find flossing after each meal helpful.
2. Brush Your Teeth
Of course, brushing your teeth is important part of maintaining a healthy smile, but is also an essential part of improving your gum health. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day or after each meal to keep your breath fresh and remove any plaque or debris from your teeth.
3. Stop Smoking
Smoking can hinder your body’s ability to heal. In order to fight off gum disease, it is important for your immune system to help you fight off the infection and allow your gums to heal.
Schedule An Appointment
If you need to schedule an appointment for a gum disease screening, visit our Hunt Valley are dental practice. Our team offers a range of services to help you improve the function and health of your smile. We can create personalized treatment plans to help you improve your gum health and overall dental health. To learn more about your options, call (410) 656-2278 or request an appointment online.