Tips for Maintenance of Healthy Gums
Gum problems start with the accumulation of plaque on the tooth surface. Plaque is a sticky biofilm that contains bacteria that can damage the gums. If not removed effectively with regular brushing, the plaque hardens to form tartar. These tartar deposits irritate the gums and lead to gum diseases. The initial stage of gum problems is called gingivitis, characterized by red, swollen gums prone to bleeding. If left untreated, gum diseases will advance and affect the teeth’ supporting tissues, leading to tooth mobility. The advanced stage of gum disease is called periodontitis, requiring extensive treatment planning.
Now the question arises how can we prevent gum diseases?
In the information provided below, we will briefly discuss how you can do Maintenance of Healthy Gums- brought to you by Advanced Dental Clinic.
Effective Ways for Maintenance of Healthy Gums
Taking proactive steps for the Maintenance of Healthy Gums is critical. Here are a few powerful preventive measures our chief dentist, Dr. Neha Aggarwal, recommended for healthy gums.
Regular brushing is the most effective way of removing plaque deposits from the teeth. Our chief dentist Dr. Neha Aggarwal emphasizes teaching the correct brushing technique to patients for effective plaque removal. It is also suggested to use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid enamel damage. It is a common belief that a hard toothbrush will clean more effectively when aggressively used. However, the truth is that it will only harm your teeth and gums. A soft brush used with the correct technique does the job more efficiently for effective cleaning.
Flossing is necessary to clean the interdental areas. The area between the teeth comprises almost 30 percent of the total surface area to be cleaned. If you skip flossing, you are cleaning only two-thirds of the teeth surface. The interdental area is prone to accumulating food debris and bacteria that can harm your teeth.
Flossing at least once daily is critical to remove plaque and food particles from areas the brush won’t reach.
Regular Dental Cleanings
Professional dental cleanings or dental scaling is necessary every 3-4 months. Certain deposits can’t be removed with regular brushing and flossing, no matter how effective your technique is. We at Advanced Dental Clinic use ultrasonic dental scalers to remove those deposits.
A diet rich in vitamin C content, like citrus fruits, is good for your gum’s health. Staying hydrated by drinking water frequently also helps clean the teeth’ surface. A high-fiber diet also helps by increasing the saliva production that washes your teeth surface.
We all know that smoking is injurious to your general health. But do you know it has a negative impact on your oral health too? Smoking weakens our immune system and the gum’s potential to heal from any damage.
Type of toothbrush
Some people, especially geriatric individuals who are not competent to brush manually, can opt for electric toothbrushes. Electric toothbrushes are highly effective in removing plaque deposits from the teeth with their vibratory motion.