Toluca Lake Dentist Helps You Maximize Gum Health Every Day At Home

Written by Dr. McKay on Oct 15, 2013

As you probably know, maintaining a healthy smile requires thorough daily dental care. Basically, you can’t neglect your smile, and still expect to have a great dental check-up every six months!

Today we are focusing on how to keep your gum tissue as healthy as possible with effective home dental care. These tips from our Toluca Lake dentist will help you keep your mouth healthy between professional dental appointments!

You know how bacterial plaque builds up on your teeth throughout the day and night? Well those bacteria are also attacking your gum tissue. So you, in turn, need to attack bacteria in order to prevent gum infections and deterioration.

The first step that you can take to help your smile is to floss your teeth every single day. Too many patients skip this step, and end up suffering from dental disease as a result. Floss between every one of your teeth, and make sure to go all the way down to the gum line to get that hard-to-reach bacteria.

Once you have flossed and dislodged dental plaque, it’s time to brush your teeth and gums. In order to protect your gum tissue, it is very important that you do not use a toothbrush that is too harsh or abrasive. Most of the time a soft bristled or medium bristled brush will thoroughly clean your teeth without damaging your dental enamel or gum tissues. Talk to your dentist if you are not sure what kind of toothbrush is right for you.

You can also rinse your mouth in the morning, at night, or throughout the day to protect your gums. Rinse with an antimicrobial rinse in the morning and at night as a final step to your oral hygiene routine. Rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash after meals to prevent plaque buildup.

The key to keeping your mouth healthy is to perform these oral hygiene tasks every day without skipping. Give our Toluca Lake dentist office a call if you want even more information about oral health!