How to Have Healthy Teeth and Gums

Mother and daughter brushing their teeth.

“You don’t have to floss all your teeth, just the ones you want to keep.” This popular phrase, posted in many dental offices, takes a humorous approach to preventive dental care. Daily tooth brushing and flossing requires a little time, but the benefits are many. Here’s how to have healthy teeth and gums throughout life.

Start early

As soon as a baby’s first tooth erupts, parents and caregivers should wipe it off with a soft, damp cloth. This removes sugars from beverages or foods. Schedule a dental checkup by the child’s first birthday. During this exam, the dentist can check alignment, jaw development and overall health. Remember that baby teeth lay the foundation for healthy teeth and gums as an adult. Click here for tips on finding the right dentist.

Brush and floss daily

Brush your teeth at least twice each day, after breakfast and at bedtime. In addition, floss once daily. These wellness tasks help remove bacteria and plaque that can build up on teeth. If it’s not removed, plaque turns into tartar, a sticky, cement-like substance that attracts bacteria. This can lead to painful tooth decay and gum disease. Plus, it takes a professional cleaning to remove it. So you can ease your dental visit by brushing and flossing.

Protect your smile 

Kids and adults involved in sports, biking, skateboarding or other athletic activities should wear a mouth guard. It will protect against broken or knocked out teeth. Another good idea is to ask your dentist to apply sealants on your kids’ back teeth. This helps prevent decay. Fluoride treatments also are available. Help preserve your family’s healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime.

Thorough cleaning 

Schedule dental appointments for professional cleanings and checkups at least once or twice a year, as directed by your dentist. This keeps decay at bay and can uncover oral and medical problems. Why not invest in dental benefits to assist with expenses? Research shows that people with dental insurance tend to use their benefits. Read this blog to find out why you shouldn’t skip your next dental appointment.

Quit smoking

People who smoke, vape or use smokeless tobacco products are at greater risk of developing gum disease (periodontal disease). Tobacco products weaken the immune system, making them more susceptible to infection. The gums can pull away from the teeth, allowing bacteria to develop decay near the teeth, roots and jawbone. Don’t ruin your healthy teeth and gums with tobacco.

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  • Ramonan Phillips ,

    need Dental Ins.

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      • Chris Sanders ,

        I would like to add another reason why you need to take care of your teeth. Confidence. Nice teeth will make you feel attractive and confident around people. This is why we need to take care of our teeth as early as when we are young…

        • Jeff Curtis ,

          Thanks for this great post on reasons to take care of your teeth. All of these reasons sound like really good ones to me. I don’t often think of the saving money as one of the reasons though. It makes a lot of sense, if you prevent dental issues, you save money! Thanks for this great post, I really need more motivation to help my kids take care of their teeth.

          • Paul Bola ,

            Understanding the benefits of dental care is totally depend upon right advice and proper care. A good dentist can advice you but caring your teeth is your responsibility. Caring teeth can cost you little but its good to taste your favorite food for a long time.

            To be a good dentist, it’s your duty to provide your patients proper care but due to heavy schedule most of dentist are not able to delivery quality services, to avoid inconvenience, choose right patient relationship management software…

            Thanks for the post, I like informational post on dental health..

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