Preventing Gum Problems

Do your gums bleed when your brush or floss your teeth? Are your gums red and swollen? Are they overly sensitive? Gum disease, even in the early stages, can be painful and annoying. If left untreated, it can advance to worse problems such as tooth loss. Prevention is the best thing you can do, so that you avoid gum problems altogether. Here are some tips to fight off sore, bleeding, and swollen gums.

Brush
Follow proper brushing techniques to brush your teeth at least twice daily. If you’re uncertain how to brush properly, ask your dentist for advice at your next checkup.

Floss
Even though most people don’t enjoy flossing, it should be a key part of your dental routine. It’s the best way to prevent gum problems. So take a few minutes every single day to floss your teeth.

Drink water
Especially after eating, consuming water helps to clean your mouth and fight off bacteria. It can wash away food particles and give bacteria less ability to form plaque.

Eat healthy
A well-balanced diet provides your body with the essential nutrients it requires. Poor nutrition can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Foods high in sugars, starches, and carbohydrates can increase the acid in your mouth, leading to tooth decay that can irritate your gums. Make sure you include vitamin C and calcium in your diet, which both can minimize your risks for gum problems.

Quit smoking
Using tobacco of any kind is proven to increase your risks for gum disease.

Relax
High levels of stress increase the hormone cortisol in your system. Cortisol is linked to increasing inflammation in your body, including your gums. Try to relax and lower stressful activities and situations, so that your cortisol level is normal.

 

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Simple Steps to Healthy Teeth

cosmetic-dentistry-5Look around and you’ll notice that products and advertisements for ways to improve your smile are flourishing in the United States. Everyone wants to have better looking teeth and a sparkling smile. You should see your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings, but there are also things you should be doing at home to help both the appearance and health of your mouth. Here are some things to keep in mind as you seek a healthy smile.

Brush, brush, brush!
You should brush your teeth at least twice every day, no excuses! Some people complain that the flavor ruins the taste of foods or drinks later on, and others grumble about the time it takes. These reasons just aren’t good enough to sacrifice your oral health. Bacteria forms on your teeth overnight and should be removed. Brushing at bedtime eliminates food particles and cleans your mouth for the night ahead, when saliva is not helping keep your mouth clean.

Don’t forget to floss!
Flossing your teeth is few people’s favorite pastime, but it’s the best way to get between your teeth to remove debris and bacteria. Dentists recommend flossing at least once every day.

Fluoride is your friend!
Make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride, as it has been proven to be effective in preventing cavities. Also ask your dentist about whether your community provides fluoride in the drinking water, which is another way to get fluoride that helps protect your teeth from decay.

Your tongue can be nasty!
You may not have realized what an important role your tongue plays in your oral health. It collects bacteria and causes it to linger in your mouth, so brushing your tongue is a good way to eliminate even more bacteria than just brushing your teeth does. Also, cleaning your tongue helps with bad breath too.

 

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Hints for Whiter Teeth

Teeth WhiteningA bright, white smile can boost your confidence and make a positive impression on others. Teeth whitening is a popular dental procedure, available at your dentist office or with take-home kits. Natural remedies are also helpful. Here are some hints for reversing years of yellowing and staining on your teeth.

 

Be careful what you eat and drink

Anything that might stain a white shirt can stain your teeth, so limit dark beverages like coffee, red wine, and tea. Also be careful about foods like blueberries and blackberries. If you do consume items known to stain teeth, rinse with water afterwards.

 

Quit using tobacco products

Aside from being harmful to your health, tobacco products can badly stain your teeth. Brown stains from tobacco get into the grooves of your tooth enamel, causing discolorations are very difficult to remove. The longer you smoke, the worse the stains get.

 

Eat foods that help your teeth

A healthy diet will aid your teeth and bones, but also help your smile. Rubbing strawberries on your teeth can actually help to whiten them. Crunchy foods like celery, apples, and carrots trigger saliva, which helps to wash away food particles and remove stains from your teeth.

 

Chew sugarless gum

Sugarless gum increases the flow of saliva, helping to clean your mouth and neutralize the acid that leads to tooth decay.


Drink plenty of water

Drinking water will remove food debris from your mouth, and reduce plaque buildup. Keeping your mouth moist also reduces bad breath.

 

Practice good oral hygiene

At minimum, brushing twice a day and flossing once daily will help maintain white teeth. It helps prevent stains, and using whitening fluoride toothpaste can give you an even brighter smile.

 

Visit your dentist

See Dr. Thanos every six months for cleanings and checkups. Professional cleanings will remove more teeth stains than you’re able to achieve at home.

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