From an early age we are told to look after our teeth but our gums are frequently overlooked. However, as every expert at our central London specialist dental practice will tell you, be they a gum disease specialist or an orthodontist, it’s just as important to keep your gums healthy. They are the foundation in which your teeth sit; when they are in poor condition, the overall health of your mouth is compromised.
1. Clever brushing
It’s not just how often you brush your teeth – twice daily for at least two minutes a time, please! – but your technique, too, which has an impact. The advice from dental professionals is to use a soft brush applying only gentle pressure. Furthermore, brush at a 45-degree angle, allowing the bristles to get up against the gums.
2. Regular flossing
For those hard to reach bits between your teeth, reach for the floss. Left alone, the plaque here builds up and turns into tartar, attracting bacteria that leads to swollen and inflamed gums.
3. Gums-friendly food
There are many foods that can give your gums a healthy boost. Ginger root has anti-inflammatory properties and promotes healthy tissue in your mouth. Chewing leafy greens stimulates saliva production that in turn neutralises bacteria.
Milk also has a neutralising action and is rich in the protein casein which researchers have suggested can reduce levels of acid in the mouth. Cheese can help pull away plaque and food particles leftover after eating and onion has an antimicrobial ingredient that kills bacteria related to gum disease and cavities.
4. Make regular dental appointments
During an appointment with the hygienist at our London specialist dental practice, the health of your gums will be assessed and you will be advised of the best at-home oral hygiene regime to help you keep them in the best condition possible.