One thing that you hear time and time and time again, is that brushing your teeth is what ensures that you don’t have a bad time at the dentist. This, of course, is mostly true. The better care you take of your teeth, the less likely you are to get cavities. What you don’t hear quite as often is, “Hey, you should really be taking care of your gums, too,” but that doesn’t mean it isn’t just as important
You’ve probably heard of gingivitis and you may be aware that gum disease is a somewhat common affliction for the average American. What you might not know, however, is how you can fight against it. As a matter of fact, it’s even easier than you think. And luckily for you, Summit Family Dentistry is here to provide you with a few tips and tricks in today’s blog, so keep reading to learn more!
Dentist-Approved Tips for Treating Your Gums
The truth of the matter is, no one likes to floss. It’s time consuming and sometimes painful and, to be quite honest, it’s something that most people don’t want to make a priority first thing in the morning when they’re rushing to work or the last thing at night when they’re eager to flop into bed.
The reality though is that finding time to floss is the key. Whether you opt for traditional floss, convenient floss picks, or a water flosser, the thing that’s going to make the biggest difference for the health of your gums (and the overall health of your mouth to be honest) is making sure that you get anything out that’s stuck between your teeth. You see, eventually whatever’s caught between your teeth is going to turn into bacteria, wreaking havoc on your mouth and gums.
How Often Do You Floss?
“My gums bleed when I floss.” That’s something we hear pretty often. That could mean a couple of different things–either you’re not flossing enough or you’re not flossing right. Whatever you choose to floss with, the goal is to gently dislodge anything that’s stuck between your teeth and massage your gums. You can do the latter by gently using a toothbrush or you can use your water flosser for this method. It’s as simple as that.
“Okay, but how often should I floss?”
Good question. Our opinion is that you should make time for it every day, preferably after you’ve eaten your last meal at night, but if you’d rather do it more often, there’s not likely to be much reason not to. Of course you should also always follow up with a quick rinse with mouthwash.
So to recap, brush every day (at least twice a day, but more if you can), floss at least once a day, and finish the routine with mouthwash. That’s all there is to it!
If you have questions or would like us to advise you on your overall dental health or even your brushing and flossing techniques, we’re here to help. Schedule an appointment with our dentist today!