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We all love a beautiful smile. And for a great smile, bright, healthy teeth are important. But sometimes we focus so much on those pearly whites that we overlook a critical component of our smile: our gums.
While your Overland Park dentist is proud to offer some of the best teeth-whitening services around, we also know that your gums are vital to the overall health of your mouth and teeth. After all, your gums are all around your teeth, so it makes sense that the health of one would affect the other.
Here’s the bad news: Even if you haven’t had a cavity in years and your teeth are as bright as can be, you may still have gum disease. Gum disease can lead to unhealthy teeth, even if symptoms aren’t immediately visible or painful. Fortunately, there’s also good news. We’ve got four simple tips to help you fight gum disease for healthier gums and a more beautiful smile!
1. Floss Like a Boss!
Sure, most of us don’t exactly enjoy flossing, but it’s still one of the best things you can do to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. Your toothbrush simply can’t reach about 40% of a tooth’s surface. If you skip flossing, you miss that whole area. That’s a recipe for gum disease and other problems.
2. Brush with the Right Toothpaste!
Brushing is important. Brush at least twice a day, and use a soft-bristled toothbrush. What else is new, right? But did you know that you might be using the wrong toothpaste? Look for toothpaste that contains fluoride and has received the ADA seal of approval. That’s the baseline. After that, you can select the toothpaste that’s best for you, including varieties that whiten teeth, control tartar, help prevent gum disease, freshen breath, you name it!
3. Rinse the Right Way!
In addition to brushing and flossing, rinsing your mouth with mouthwash can help to prevent or reduce gingivitis and tartar, especially if you rinse right after you eat. Remember, though, rinsing is NOT a substitute for brushing or flossing, no matter how well you do it or how often. Instead, it should supplement the rest of your oral health regimen. Look for a mouthwash with the ADA seal and, from there, pick whatever flavor you prefer.
4. Give Up the Tobacco!
You probably already know about the dangers that tobacco products pose to your lungs and overall health, but smoking and tobacco use are also tied to increased risk of gum disease. This is partly because smoking weakens your overall immune system, which makes it tougher for your body to fight off gum disease and makes it harder for your gums to heal. Smoking and smokeless tobacco can also stain your teeth. For those who want a flawless, healthy smile, tobacco products are certainly a no-go.
Besides those four tips, it’s always important to make regular visits to see your Overland Park dentist for healthy teeth and gums! Just call Watts Family Dental at (913) 338-3384 to schedule an appointment or to chat with a member of our friendly staff anytime!