How to Keep Your Gums Healthy – The Moraga Dentist

It’s a common misconception: as long as you brush your teeth regularly, that is enough to keep your teeth and mouth healthy. Unfortunately, though regular brushing is very important, there is more to it than that. Gums are as important as any part of your mouth, and they need to be well cared for. Here are some steps you can take to make sure that your gums always remain pink and healthy:

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  • Mouthwashing: This is an absolute must when it comes to ridding the mouth of bacteria, allowing you to cleanse the gums rather than just the teeth. Always be sure to mouthwash after each time you eat, even if it’s only a very small amount. Warm water and salt can also be used as a handy substitute for mouthwash.
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  • Brush your teeth and gums thoroughly: It’s important to pay careful attention each time you brush, making sure to systematically remove all bacteria, build-up and plaque in the mouth. Be sure to brush both the inner and outer surfaces of the teeth, and don’t forget about your tongue and gums.
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  • Use the right toothbrush: The bristles on your toothbrush can affect the health of your gums, and harder is not always better. Hard bristles can seriously damage gums over years of use. Talk to your Moraga dentist about the right toothbrush for you.
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  • Floss every day: Floss at least once each day to remove any build-up between the teeth. This is not a step that you can afford to skip: the bacteria that hides between the teeth can cause major problems with your teeth and gums, including serious periodontal disease.
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  • Eat a healthy diet: It might seem obvious, but the things you regularly put in your mouth have a profound effect on your oral health. Eating fresh, nutritious foods on a daily basis and keeping an eye on those that are high in sugars and acids can help you keep your gums healthy for years to come.
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  • Visit your dentist regularly: A regular schedule with your Moraga dentist is key, and it should revolve around thorough professional cleanings at least twice each year. By seeing your dentist often, you’ll ensure that most problems are found and corrected long before they can become serious. Call us for your appointment today, and see you in our offices!