Why is it Essential To Look After Your Gums?
You might not know this but the vast majority of the reasons why people lose their teeth is because of gum problems and not tooth decay… this is why it is so important to make sure that you are looking after your gums properly. The reality is that most adults out there have some sort of gum disease. However the thing to note about this disease is that it is very slow to progress so you usually don’t find out about it until it becomes a very serious problem. The good news is that you can be proactive and prevent it from getting worse.
So What is Gum Disease in the First Place and What’s the Primary Cause of it?
If you don’t brush your teeth for a few days then you will start to notice a yellowish kind of film developing over your teeth. You might think that this is just food getting stuck to your teeth but this is in fact a film of bacteria which is slowly but surely developing over the surface of your gums and teeth.
Now a lot of this bacteria isn’t going to harm you, but then there is some which will start to eat away at the food that you’re consuming and as a result will start to excrete toxins and enzymes. Over time this will result in plaque starting to develop on your gums and teeth.
The moment your body realizes that you have these toxins in your mouth it will begin fighting them by creating a bunch of new tiny blood vessels to help fight off the infection. These blood vessels are what make your gums look extremely red and swollen. However the bacteria will also fight back and begin attacking the blood vessels which is why your gums begin to bleed.
The first stage of gum disease is known officially as gingivitis and this can very easily be reversed simply by making sure that you are brushing your teeth properly at least twice a day.
The problem with gum disease is that it is not painful at all which can result in people not knowing about it. If the issue is not tackled in the early stages then it will result in the bone which holds the teeth to the bones to fade away which will ultimately make your teeth very loose. If you don’t treat the problem at this stage it will eventually result in you losing your teeth.
So What Can You Do to Prevent Gum Disease?
The trick is simple:
Preventing gum disease from occurring in the first place is very, very simple. All it requires that you do is make sure that you thoroughly brush your teeth for at least twice a day. That means once in the morning when you wake up and once in the evening before you go to sleep.
If you’re able to do this then believe me you will never experience any issues with gum disease.
The Simple and Easy Way to Clean Your Teeth
You really need to take the time to know exactly what you need to do in order to brush your teeth properly. Don’t try to rush through this step because it will only lead you to making mistakes down the line which will not help you get you to where you need to go.
The first thing you need to do is to slow yourself down. Really take the time to brush your teeth properly because if you do this then you won’t have to worry about them until the next day.
When you are brushing your teeth, you have only one mission and that is to remove the film of bacteria and plaque that is covering every tooth in your mouth. This is a very simple job and requires that you just brush each and every tooth thoroughly and gently.
If you have hard deposits on your teeth then that is something known as tartar and no amount of brushing will ever help you remove it. The only way to get rid of this is going to be to go to the dentist and get a thorough cleaning done.
Toothpaste isn’t some magical paste that will help to keep your teeth and gums free from problems.
Rather it is just a simple tool that will help you in cleaning your teeth. You can brush your teeth perfectly well without toothpaste, but if you choose to use one then make sure that you get a toothpaste that contains fluoride, because this will help to radically reduce the chances of you getting tooth decay.
So How Should You Brush Your Teeth?
You are going to want to invest in a small headed toothbrush that has soft bristles and then put a pea sized amount of toothpaste on it.
You need to really focus to make sure that you are using good technique and you need to ensure that you are also cleaning your gums properly.
This means that you are not only going to want to brush your teeth properly but you are also going to want to take the time to brush the gums around the teeth as well. This is the place where gum disease usually begins.
To ensure that you are getting rid of all the plaque on your teeth you will want to move your toothbrush in circular movements. Avoid scrubbing your teeth because this is only going to result in you experiencing a lot of tooth and gum issues later on.
There are many people out there that find manual toothbrushes a real headache to use properly and if you happen to be one of these people then I’d highly recommend that you invest in a good electric toothbrush. The best type of electric toothbrush that you can invest in is something that is known as a rechargeable oscillating rotating electric toothbrush. These kinds of toothbrushes will really help you get rid of the plaque on your teeth and gums with ease!
The most important tip that I can give you here is to make sure that you brush the surface of every single tooth properly, especially those hard to reach ones at the back of the mouth. Doing so will help to radically reduce the chances that you experience any problems later on.
If you are having trouble reaching the hard to reach places in your mouth then I’d highly recommend that you speak to your dentist and seek out professional help.
The Importance of Cleaning Between Each and Every Tooth
The reality is that no matter how good your toothbrush and your brushing technique, you’re just not going to be able to brush in between each of your teeth. This is why after brushing your teeth with a toothbrush you are going to want to take a few moments to floss between each and every tooth. If you have no idea how to use dental floss then ask your dentist and they will be more than happy to show you.
The truth is that if you haven’t had a thorough cleaning at your dentist then it might very well be impossible for you to floss between your teeth. This is because of the massive buildup of tartar on your teeth, which you are only going to be able to get rid of when you go to the dentist.
Again take the time to learn exactly how to use dental floss properly. This means talking to your dentist and getting precise instructions on what you need to do.
You might notice that there are many, many different types of floss out there and the only way to know which kind of floss is going to be good is to actually take the time to experiment with different ones until you find one that you really enjoy.
In the ideal circumstances you are going to want to take the time to floss at least once a day but if you’re not able to do this then I’d highly recommend that you do it as often as you possibly can.
If you want to learn more about how to prevent gum disease then check out this video…