Tips for healthier gums

Your oral health isn’t all about teeth and cavities. Your gums also play a huge role in maintaining a healthy smile. Even if you’ve never had a cavity before and you brush your teeth twice a day, your gums could still be prone to gum disease.

Here’s a few ways to take better care of your gums and smile.

Floss daily

Flossing is one of the best ways to care for your gums and smile. By flossing daily, you’ll help remove any food particles or bacteria that might lead to gum disease. If you’re not used to flossing daily, try it a few times a week to start. This is a great way to form a habit out of flossing. 

Brush carefully

Pay attention to the way you brush your teeth. Double check that you’re using a soft toothbrush and using gentle circular motions. Brushing too aggressively or with a hard toothbrush could damage your gums or cause them to recede. 

Clean those hard-to-reach areas

There’s a lot of spots in your mouth that may be hard to see or reach. Tilt your toothbrush at different angles and don’t ignore the backs of your teeth. Remember to brush up to your gumline, keeping the brush angled. This will help stimulate your gums and make sure you clean every corner of your smile!

Visit the dentist regularly

The dentist will be able to point out signs of gum disease before they progress. They can also give you tips for easing sensitive or bleeding gums. It’s recommended that you visit the dentist at least twice a year, or every six months.

To make an appointment, call Jackson Dental at (573) 243-5200 or stop by our office at 3100 E Jackson Blvd., Jackson, Mo.