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3 Ways To Help Improve Gum Health

August 28, 2023 9:00 am

Healthy teeth and healthy gums go hand-in-hand. When one suffers, the other suffers, too! Gum disease is the most common issue affecting gum health. The two main categories of gum disease are gingivitis and periodontal disease. However, early intervention in the gingivitis stage can lead to its reversal. Brushing every day is essential to good oral health, but are there other things you could do to improve your gum health? Here are three ways:

  • #1. Floss Every Day

    Many people maintain excellent brushing habits, but don’t floss! Flossing cleans the tight spaces between your teeth (which toothbrush bristles can’t reach) and the area along your gum line. If you only brush, you’re leaving behind plaque and bacteria that cause gum disease. To protect your gums, floss once a day. Floss picks are convenient for on-the-go, but string floss will be most effective.

  • #2. Use Alcohol-free Mouthwash

    Mouthwash can help your gum and tooth health! There are lots of options out there, but we recommend mouthwash without alcohol. Why? Mouthwashes with alcohol are harsh and can even damage your enamel over time. They also burn and dry out your mouth, which isn’t good for your gum health! Alcohol-free mouthwashes still kill the bacteria that cause gum disease. Some good options recommended by the American Dental Association are ACT, Therabreath, and Closys.

  • #3. Visit the Dentist for Regular Cleanings and Exams

    You can maintain great oral health at home, but plaque and tartar still build up on your teeth and along your gum line. At the dentist, we have the special tools and expertise necessary to remove all hardened tartar and check for early signs of gum issues. For improved gum health, visit us every six months for cleanings. If you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, you will likely need a more involved cleaning to remove hardened deposits beneath the gum line. The goal of this non-surgical periodontal therapy, or deep cleaning, is to help you to be able to keep your mouth clean at home.

Get Great Gum Health at Toland Dental in Wynne, AR

Gum disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss in adults, but with consistent oral health habits, you can improve your gum health. Dr. Toland and the team are invested in your gum health, too, so please contact us for an appointment if you have questions or concerns!

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