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Stellar Tips for Healthy Gums from Your Dentist South Calgary

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Have you heard?

Your gum health doesn’t only affect your oral hygiene, but it can also affect your overall health.

That’s right. How well you take care of your gums can influence different aspects of your health including your emotional well-being, nutrition intake, and possibly even your lung and heart health.

Lack of proper care for your gums can lead to symptoms such as tooth decay, gum disease, bleeding gums, and receding gum lines.

Doesn’t sound too pleasant, right? You can rest assured that these symptoms are preventable. Continue reading for tips from your friendly dentist in Calgary SE.

Healthy Gum Appearance: Do You Have Healthy Gums?

What do healthy gums even look like? Typically, healthy gums feel firm and are light pink in colour. Discoloration, inflammation or infection, and plaque buildup along the lining of your teeth and gum can indicate unhealthy gums. 

If you are unsure about your gum health, especially if your gum appearance is out of the ordinary, it’s time to see a dentist. Our dental staff at Outdoor Dental in Calgary SE is always willing to help you create a health plan for your oral hygiene health needs.

3 Ways to Maintain Healthy Gums

As part of an oral health plan, you can take certain actions to maintain your gum health. Your Auburn Bay dentist advises these 3 simple steps to return your gums to that healthy pink colour:

1. The Right Brush

Make sure to use a toothbrush suited for your teeth:

  • Bristle Length: Use a toothbrush with different bristle lengths for hard-to-reach places.
  • Bristle Hardness: Use toothbrushes with softer bristles for sensitive gums.
  • Change Toothbrushes: Switch toothbrushes every 3 or 4 months.

Treat your gums right, and they’ll return the favour.

2. Use Better Toothpaste

As cliché as it might sound, brushing your teeth with ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste twice daily actually is an effective way to maintain the health of your gums. The right toothpaste can help break up plaque and clean your gums more effectively.

2. Flossing

Making sure to floss once daily is a surefire way to increase your gum health. If you are scared of bleeding gums, don’t worry. Studies show that people who floss regularly are less likely to have bleeding gums. Begin today to build your gum resilience to bleeding.

Check up Regularly with Your Dentist in Calgary SE

Regularly check in at Outdoor Dental with Dr. Jay Patel and Dr. Sonia Benavides. They can help you maintain your gum health and catch early signs of gum diseases. Enroll in preventative measures instead of waiting for a problem before seeing your Seton dentist.

Avoid unnecessary pain and spend less time on the dental chair. Make an appointment today.