Four ways to maintain healthy gums

Closeup of handsome guy wearing pink shirtMaintaining healthy gums is essential to keeping your smile looking great. In fact, periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults in the United States. Fortunately, there are four simple ways that you can maintain healthy gums and keep your smile looking its best: brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, see your dentist for regular checkups, and eat healthy foods.

Let’s take a closer look at each of these tips below:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day. Brushing your teeth is the most important thing you can do to maintain healthy gums and a healthy smile. Make sure to brush for two minutes, using a toothbrush with soft bristles and toothpaste that contains the ingredient called fluoride.
  • Floss once a day. Flossing is another essential part of oral care. It helps remove plaque and bacteria from between your teeth and along the gum line, where it can cause gum disease. Be sure to use floss that’s gentle on your gums and make sure to floss every day.
  • Eat healthy foods. Eating a healthy diet is important for overall health, including oral health. Make sure to include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet, as well as whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats. These foods will help keep your gums healthy and reduce your risk of periodontal disease.
  • See your dentist for regular checkups. Regular dental checkups are key to detecting and treating periodontal disease in its early stages. Your dentist will examine your gums and teeth for signs of disease and may also recommend dental cleaning and X-rays.

Learn more about caring for your smile

Following these four simple tips is a great way to maintain healthy gums and keep your smile looking its best. For more information on keeping your gums healthy, contact an experienced dental provider at Gentle Family Dentistry and Implant Center today. We offer comprehensive periodontal care that can help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health, and encourage potential patients to call to schedule a consultation visit to one of our two office locations in both Allentown and Bethlehem, PA. We accept new and returning patients.

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