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The Essentials in Gum Care

Posted on : November 23, 2015  By : Wellness


When it comes to taking care of our oral health, many of us concentrate on our teeth alone, and forget about the rest of our mouth. You might have seen adverts on the TV about gum disease which is a common cause for tooth loss. How to avoid losing your teeth, or needing a root canal, is all down to how you take care of your gums.


Brush Your Gums

Just like your teeth, your gums need brushing too. Believe it or not, between your teeth and gum line you can get a build up of microscopic food you might not be able to see until it’s too late.

Helping to remove the chances of food build up is all part of your brushing routine. When you brush your teeth, morning and night, be sure to gently brush your gum line too. Use a circular motion to rid your gums of any food particles and keep them pink and healthy for longer.


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Flossing Isn’t Just For Teeth

There are many benefits to flossing your teeth regularly, and they don’t only involve the physical appearance of your teeth. Plaque can build up in the smallest of places, and between your teeth where your tooth brush can’t reach is the perfect location for plaque to flourish, slowly eroding away your gums.

Many people with bleeding gums tend to avoid flossing, believing that it will make their gums worse, in fact it can actually help make your gums healthier. You just need to be a gentle and try out different forms of floss.


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Remember Your Vitamins

Keeping your gums pink and healthy isn’t just about maintaining a healthy oral hygiene routine twice a day. It’s also about what you put into your body. The best way to help care for your gums is by attacking the issue from the outside and the inside. Vitamin C is perfect for gum health as it helps the repairing of teeth, bones and cartilage.

There are plenty of healthy vegetables and fruits which are high in Vitamin C; oranges for instance, and red peppers are also fantastic sources of this gum caring vitamin, though be sure to avoid certain fruit juices as these can be very acidic.


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We believe in giving you that award winning smile you deserve. If you’re looking for a dentist in Airdrie and would like more advice on how to take care of your gums, don’t hesitate to contact us today on 587 332-6767.


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