How we can improve our gum health care with just a little additional effort
Like many medical issues, a lot of dental problems could have been prevented by taking better care of ourselves. This isn’t always easy and some health issues can arise simply because of the type of work that we can do and situations that we find ourselves in. Some things may be largely out of our control but there is still a lot that we can do to help ourselves. This applies especially to dental care as what we eat and how we clean our teeth and gums is something that we can usually control as long as we remember to do so during our daily life.
Life these days can be busy and everything seems to be rushed. Unfortunately, for many people, this includes the way that they clean their teeth. A quick brush before bedtime and in the morning may freshen our mouths but is likely to be insufficient to keep our teeth and gums healthy. Our gums, in particular, are likely to suffer from this type of brushing and just a little more focus when we brush our teeth can make a big difference.
In addition to the ‘brush for two minutes’ guidelines, there are two simple things that can be done to make this part of our oral health regime much more effective. The first is to make sure that you have the right tools for the job. Take a look at your toothbrush. We would imagine that quite a few of you will be looking at a toothbrush that looks pretty worn out. As the bristles of a toothbrush become worn and softened, they are much less effective at removing food and bacteria. Make sure to replace your toothbrush every three months (or the head of an electric toothbrush).
Secondly, when you brush your teeth, don’t ‘flat brush’ them but make sure that you turn the bristles so that they reach beneath the gum line as well. This is an area where a lot of food particles and bacteria collect and neglecting it is likely to lead to decay and gum disease. It really isn’t hard to do and is just a case of getting into the habit to do this each time we brush.
Finally, and something we have discussed before; make sure to use dental floss to clean in the areas between the teeth. If you haven’t done this before, we think you will be surprised at how much debris this removes. You might find it a little tricky initially, but a little practice will find you doing this easily and routinely. If you do need help, there are numerous videos available online or you can ask the dental hygienist at our Wickford dental clinic to show you how to do this correctly.