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Tips To Keep Healthy Teeth And Gums Between Dental Visits

Your smile is often one of the first things people notice about you. Additionally, the condition of your teeth and gums is much more important than many people consider and is tied directly to the condition of your oral health, so you should do all you can to follow healthy practices. Here are some recommendations to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy with good practices that you use regularly and have a successful dental checkup every six months.

Follow Good Brushing Habits

Prevention is always the best recommendation, especially when it comes to your teeth and your body's health. If you wait until your body is in poor health, it takes more effort to get it back into good health. Keep your teeth and gums healthy with regular brushing at least once a day, twice a day is optimal. If you can brush after every meal, this can help give you the best benefit from your efforts. Otherwise, plan to rinse your mouth with water after eating or chew sugar free gum when you don't have a chance to brush.

The type of toothbrush you use is going to affect your health, so make sure it is soft or medium bristles so they don't damage your tooth enamel. Brushing with a harsh bristled brush can actually wear away at the enamel on your teeth and it won't grow back. Your gums can also get injured by brush bristles that are too hard. Then, make sure you don't push on your toothbrush too hard so you don't scrub at your teeth and gums. To remove plaque you only need to use gentle pressure with a light touch with the ends of the bristles.

Take care of your toothbrush and rinse it out after each use. Place it in a ventilated area and not enclosed so it can dry out and not accumulate mildew or bacteria growth. Don't place your toothbrush by the toilet to help keep it clean between uses. Replace your toothbrush after just a few months when the bristles begin to become bent. 

Use Helpful Oral Practices

In addition to brushing your teeth with healthy brushing practices, take some time to floss your teeth. This is helpful to remove particles and help strengthen and clean your gums. With regular flossing, your gums can be stronger and have better blood flow, and they will be cleaned of plaque that would eventually cause bacteria and inflammation.

Also plan to use a mouthwash containing antiseptic properties to clean off the surfaces of your teeth and gums once you have finished with brushing and flossing. Then, follow up with a visit to your family dentist around every six months.