Maintaining a healthy mouth plays a major role in keeping the mouth happy. Always remember that when it comes to the health of your mouth, it’s not always about how bright your smile is or how straight your teeth are. Gums are something that every one of us have to consider very carefully when dealing with perfect oral health. Even if you’re teeth are cavity-free, that doesn’t mean that you’re immune to detrimental gum diseases. In most circumstances, they are painless and that’s why majority individuals have no idea that something is wrong with their gums.

But it’s prudent to mention that it’s never too late to begin taking proper care of your gums.


What are gum diseases?

In most situations, gum diseases begin when plaque develops under and along the gum line. Plaque can be defined as a sticky film-like substance that is filled with bacteria, that ultimately leads to infections which may hurt the gum and bone, causing tooth decay and gum diseases.


Signs of Gum Diseases

  1. Swollen and tender gums
  2. Consistent bad breath and taste
  3. Easily bleeding gums
  4. Gums that have pulled away from the teeth causing pain
  5. Loose permanent teeth

Gum diseases are preventable if you follow proper oral hygiene carefully and effectively.


Below mentioned are 3 tips to keep your gums healthy and happy all the time:

Brush regularly

To have happy and healthy gums you must regularly brush your teeth. Set a routine so that you can brush twice daily as that is considered the minimum to keep the gums and teeth healthy. Points that should be kept in mind while brushing include:

  • Use a soft toothbrush so that they don’t rub against the gums and cause a bleed.
  • Apply gentle pressure while brushing your teeth.
  • Aim to brush for at least two minutes to help decrease the collection of harmful bacteria in the mouth.
  • Brushing teeth at a 45-degree angle helps to get the bristles up against the gums.

Use mouthwash

Using an effective mouthwash after brushing and flossing not only keeps the mouth breath fresh but also keep harmful bacteria away. Numerous mouthwashes help in preventing the build-up of plaque on gums, the surface of the teeth and in-between teeth. Often mouthwashes can also be used before brushing to rinse out the loose particles in the mouth making brushing and flossing more effective.


Never skip flossing

It is essential to floss at least once a day. Flossing helps to remove the plaque and food particles that are beyond the reach of any toothbrush. If you don’t floss on a regular basis, those tiny food particles left behind can cause a foul smell and lead to chronic bad breath.


It is prudent to know that the dentist can detect early gum disease symptoms if one visits them on a regular routine. It is best to get such symptoms treated before they become more serious. That is where we Stephens General Dentistry comes into play.

We do everything ranging from cleaning to correcting teeth problems to maintain the perfect oral health of our patients.