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How Can I Keep My Gums Healthy?

Sure, your pearly white might be the showstopper, but don’t forget to show some love and appreciation for your gums.

Here are three easy ways from Healthline to maintain healthy gums:

#1 Brush twice a day and floss once a day.

If need be, brush more than twice a day to wash away food and plaque build-up between teeth and gums.

When you floss, you remove plaque and food that the toothbrush’s bristles can’t get to. Plaque build-up beneath and beside the gums is the start of gum disease.

So, by flossing thoroughly at least once every day, this practice helps to prevent unhealthy gum conditions.

#2 Kick your smoking habit.

Smoking causes a myriad of issues for the mouth, including serious damage to your gums.

Gum disease is closely linked to smoking. Also, smoking leaves your gums more vulnerable, so they are more difficult to heal when they suffer damages.

#3 Schedule routine dental cleanings.

The best way to ensure that your gums are in tip-top shape is to have your teeth, gums, and mouth checked by the professionals on a regular basis.

In addition to receiving a professional cleaning, which (by the way) is the only way to remove tartar, your dentist will be able to spot any symptoms of gum disease and other unhealthy conditions.


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