How To Take Care Of Your Gums

Illustration by: Ji-Young Park

Every person’s teeth vary in shape and size, depending on where the teeth are located in the mouth. These differences allow the teeth to do many different things; they help us to chew and digest food. Additionally, our teeth help us to talk, and to pronounce different sounds clearly. Not to mention, our teeth help to give our face its shape. A healthy smile can be a great asset, thus it makes sense to give our teeth the best care possible.

Concerns about our teeth

One of the biggest concerns we all have when it comes to our oral health is the development of tooth decay. This can be painful and lead to fillings, crowns or inlays. If tooth decay is not treated in a timely manner, the nerve of the tooth can become infected and die, causing an abscess. Those who experience this may need root canal treatment or even for the tooth to be removed completely. It is very important that we keep up a good routine at home to keep our teeth and gums healthy. Without a proper oral routine, gum disease can take effect over time. Although it is recognized as a common outcome, if left untreated, gum disease may lead to bone loss around the teeth. In some cases, it may lead to loose teeth and teeth being lost. Luckily, gum disease is preventable as it can be treated and kept under control with regular cleaning sessions and check-ups, preventing further problems. If teeth are lost, it may be necessary to fill the gaps with bridges, dentures or implants. We recommend scheduling an appointment with your dentist to learn more.

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How can I keep my teeth and gums healthy?

In recent times, it is easy to get your mouth clean and healthy, and keep it that way. By upkeeping a simple routine, it can help prevent most dental problems. Some routines may include, but not limited to:

  • Good eating habits – having sugary foods and drinks less often
  • Cleaning between the teeth with ‘interdental’ brushes or floss at least once a day
  • Brushing your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Regular dental check-ups

Although most people brush regularly, many don’t clean between their teeth. Additionally, we found that some people don’t schedule regular dental check-ups. With a few small changes in our daily routine, this can make a big difference in the long term. Upon seeing your dentist, the dental team can help remove any build-up on your teeth and treat any gum disease that has already appeared. However, daily dental care is up to you, and the main weapons are the toothbrush, toothpaste and interdental cleaning (cleaning between your teeth). Remember, good dental health begins with you.