Having healthy gums is a vital part of your overall health. If your gums are not healthy, not only can it cause you to eventually lose your teeth, it can actually contribute to other diseases in the meantime. Gum disease has been linked to both heart disease and lung cancer, so it makes sense that you would want to keep your gums as healthy as you can. Here are some things for you to do if you are interested in improving your gum health.
Start with the Basics
The number one thing you can do for healthy gums is to make sure you faithfully follow a proper oral hygiene routine. Keeping your gums healthy starts with brushing at least twice each day, and flossing at least one each day. Following this, you should be sure to have a professional cleaning done every six months.
Another thing you should do is stop smoking if you are a smoker. Cigarette smoke does a lot of things, including weakening your immune system. If your immune system is weak, it will have a harder time fighting infections, including gum disease.
Make sure that you use a good mouthwash. Although brushing and flossing are very important, using a mouthwash is something you should not neglect. A mouthwash is going to be able to reach into every nook and crevice in your mouth, hitting bacteria populations that might otherwise thrive. Further, by swishing it around, you help to rinse away harmful compounds that might otherwise lodge in between your teeth and contribute to gum disease.
Making your gums healthy should be one of your top priorities. By following these tips, you will be off to a good start. If you have any questions on gum health, please feel free to reach out to us.
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