Gum disease is much more common than you might think. Most often, gum disease is caused by poor dental hygiene. Even if you brush and floss every day like you are supposed to if you are not doing these things correctly or with the right tools, you may still develop gum disease. If you already have red, swollen, or painful gums, taking these measures will also help resolve gum disease as well as prevent it. Here are three ways you can prevent gum disease at home.
Brush Twice Daily
You know you are supposed to brush your teeth twice a day, but do you brush your teeth the right way? You should be brushing the front surface, the chewing surface, and backs of the teeth, but you should also be brushing your gums. You should start at the gum line and brush downward to remove debris and bacteria from the gum line. You should also be brushing with fluoridated toothpaste.
Floss Once Daily
Most people do not know how to floss correctly. If you have questions about how to floss, you should talk to your dentist. Flossing isn’t just about removing debris from between the teeth, it is also about removing debris from the gum line. You should take a piece of floss about 18 inches in length, wind it around your middle fingers and thumbs leaving about an inch of exposed string, and use your forefingers to control the floss. You should then start at the gum line and swoop down between the teeth in a downward C motion.
Use a Therapeutic Mouthwash
Most people use a mouthwash, whether it is to rinse after brushing or between brushes. But most mouthwashes are formulated for fresh breath, not truly cleaning your mouth. If you want to make sure you are protecting your teeth and gums, you should be using a therapeutic mouthwash. These are clearly marked at your local store.
If you have further questions about how you can protect your teeth and gums, contact us today for more information or to schedule your appointment.