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Keeping your gums healthy is an essential part of proper oral care. Without healthy gums, you couldn’t consider your oral health in good shape!

As you take care of your teeth, you have to be mindful of taking care of your gums as well. You could have the brightest and whitest teeth around, but gum disease can still affect you.

Gum disease is painless making it hard to tell if you have it!

There are a range of ways you can ensure your gums stay healthy. We’ve put together a list of the top ways to maintain and/or improve your gum health.

These may seem like obvious answers to a question that isn’t asked nearly enough, but each is essential to maintaining proper gum health – and overall oral health!

  • Properly brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day – as soon as you wake up and before you go to bed.
    • Hold your toothbrush horizontally at a 45-degree angle so the bristles clean gently along the gum line.
    • Use short, circular motions and a soft or extra soft toothbrush to ensure you’re cleaning your teeth properly.
  • Take care of your teeth with the right kind of toothpaste.
    • Use toothpaste that has fluoride in it and has an American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval on it.
  • Go to the dentist regularly for dental cleanings and checkups.
    • Nothing can replace a dental professional cleaning your mouth, allowing a dentist to detect if you have signs of gum disease and/or gingivitis. Early detection is key to preventing serious problems from occurring later on.
  • Use mouthwash daily after you brush your teeth.
    • The best oral hygiene practices should complement the effectiveness of other oral practices, such as brushing your teeth. Using mouthwash will do just that, keeping the fluoride from your toothpaste on your teeth after you brush them.
  • Floss your teeth with care each day.
    • The ADA highly recommends flossing as an integral part of anyone’s dental routine.
      Floss regularly to remove food and plaque from between your teeth and gums. Deep-seated food and plaque can lead to tartar buildup, which can cause gum disease.

For more information on how to keep your gums healthy, check out this Healthline article and this Medical News Today article.

You can also call the NY Dental Group office to talk to our knowledgeable staff!