Tips from Your South Holland, IL Dentist
How to Get Stronger Gums & Teeth
Your South Holland, IL Dentist recommends brushing and flossing daily, but did you know that doing so can actually strengthen your teeth and gums? Dental cavities, caused by bacteria in your mouth, can compromise the strength of your teeth and cause them to weaken. The same bacterium that causes cavities can also cause plaque which can develop into gum disease, or gingivitis. With proper hygiene habits, you can make your teeth and gums stronger. Learn more in the steps below!
Step 1: Brush your teeth twice daily, with a fluoride containing toothpaste. When brushing, make sure to focus on the gum line, which is the area where your gums and teeth meet. The gum line is especially prone to cavities, and should be given extra attention. Use a soft toothbrush, and brush gently! Don’t ignore your tongue either! You should brush the gum line, teeth, and tongue with equal time and strength.
Step 2: Floss your teeth at least once daily. Your South Holland IL dentist recommends brushing your teeth right before bed, to prevent any additional food particles from being added! You want to brush before you floss to ‘make room’ for the fluoride in your toothpaste. While flossing, be sure to work the floss in gently to avoid slicing or cutting your gums!
Step 3: Brush your teeth AFTER eating. Many patients seen by our 60473 Dentist will brush their teeth and then continue to snack. Eating after brushing adds more food particles to the spaces between your teeth, and will result in additional brushing and flossing. You should also try to choose foods that are rich in vitamins, such as calcium and vitamin c.
Step 4: Maintain your appointments with your South Holland, IL Dentist. By keeping your appointments every six months, you will not only receive a check-up and cleaning, but you dentist will also be able to catch any problems early.
If you are experiencing bleeding or sore gums, be sure to make an appointment with your 60473 dentist today by clicking here or calling (708) 849-8627.