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Gum health – what you need to know for healthy gums

You’ve probably seen the adverts on the television about gum health and how if left untreated it can lead to tooth loss. According to the NHS, the majority of adults in the UK will experience gum disease to some degree. So, with gum disease being such a prevalent problem let’s take a look at some simple measures you can take at home to ensure healthy gums.

Brushing

One of the most effective ways to help protect your gums is to improve your dental hygiene with good teeth brushing. An electric toothbrush will help you to clean your mouth more thoroughly and allow you to get to the hard to reach places at the back of your mouth.

Electric toothbrushes also often contain pressure sensors as well as timers to help stop you brushing too hard or not brushing for long enough. Hard bristle brushes are commonly perceived to give a better clean than medium or soft bristles but the harder bristles could lead to receding gums from excessive scrubbing.

Flossing

Cleaning between your teeth should be part of your daily dental routine as it will help to remove plaque that your toothbrush simply can’t reach. Whether you use floss or interdental brushes is entirely up to you, the important thing is just making sure you clean the space between your teeth daily.

Mouthwash

When combined with brushing and flossing, mouthwash adds an extra level to your dental hygiene. It should never be used as a replacement for brushing as it will simply hide the problem and give you a temporary fresh mouth without actually cleaning your teeth. Using mouthwash can help to wash away bacteria and loose plaque that has been removed during flossing and brushing, thus helping to protect your gums.

Anti-inflammatory foods

Some foods promote healthy tissue and have anti-inflammatory properties making them ideal for good gum health. Examples of these foods include cranberries, ginger and oily fish such as sardines or salmon.

Tops ways to improve gum health

There are three simple steps to having better gum health which are:
1. Maintain your oral health with regular brushing, flossing and mouth washing.
2. Have a healthy lifestyle by eating a balanced diet and taking plenty of exercise.
3. Book regular dental and hygienist appointments.

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