Keeping Your Gums Healthy

Happy smileThere are variety of different ways to maintain safe gums and daily oral hygiene. Here are few simple and practical approaches that doctors prescribe.

Intake of Vitamin C: foods rich in vitamin C can help in avoiding any gum diseases or infections. Fruits like strawberries, papayas, oranges, grapes, and lemons are rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants that are not only healthy for your body but are also beneficial for your gums. They help with the growth of body tissues and with the regeneration of bones. Rubbing lemon juice and a little bit of salt on irritated gums can also temporarily relieve pain.

Rinse with Hydrogen Peroxide: you may have heard about the benefits of using hydrogen peroxide when it comes to clean ear wax! Well, it is also useful for keeping gum infections and inflammations at bay. Mix ½ teaspoon of peroxide powder into about half a cup of water and rinse your mouth regularly with it. This method is also used in case of toothache to ease the pain.

Rinse in salt water: an even simpler method than Hydrogen Peroxide is rinsing your mouth in salt water. Make sure the water is lukewarm and try this solution once or twice a day for great results.

Gum massage: massage your gums on a regular basis; this ensures blood circulation and prevents gum deterioration.

Chewing gum: considered a good form of exercise for your gum and jaws, nowadays there are many forms of special dental chewing gums available on the market. These chewing gums contain Xylitol, a sugar substitute that helps to limit the growth of bacteria inside your mouth.

Avoid excessive consumption of acidic foods (olive oil, low-fat yogurt, whole milk, butter…) on a regular basis, as they can cause gum irritation because of the imbalance created in the pH level of gums and saliva.

Flossing: you should make this a part of your daily routine, as it is one of the most effective ways to keep clean teeth. A toothbrush is not always capable of reaching every crack where tiny pieces of food may deposit, but flossing can help to solve this problem. Be gentle and pay attention to make sure you cover every spot.

Apples: does really an apple a day keep the doctor away?! Yes, eating apples is an effective way of curing gum infections and it is also a natural exercise, keeping your gums stronger and firm.

Hydration: believe it or not, drinking water frequently is not only good for your system; it also rinses your mouth, ensuring fresher breath and healthier body and skin.

Your digestive system’s health can also reflect on the gums. Eating healthy and ensuring proper digestion prevents bad breath and an unhealthy smile.

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