Your gums are the pillars to your smile. They keep your teeth firmly rooted in your mouth. Like a porch without strong pillars, a smile without healthy gums will collapse. This is why healthy gums are so important.
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There are many factors that play into keeping healthy gums. From lifestyle choices to flossing at least once a day, there are quite a few precautions you can take for your gum health. If you’re not already doing these, here are some habits you should follow to prevent and treat gum disease:
There’s a Mitch Hedberg comedy bit, where he’s talking about all of his friends who smoke. He says, “my friends who smoke always say ‘you don’t know how hard it is to stop!’… yes, I do. It’s as hard as it is to start flossing.”
Everybody remembers to brush at least once a day, but remembering to floss is difficult. When you’ve gone too long without flossing, it can be painful. Unlike brushing, it’s not instantly gratifying. You don’t feel or see any dramatic result from flossing. Unless, you have an annoying chunk of ribs stuck in between your two front teeth.
Here are some easy ways to get in the habit of flossing:
Everyday, your mouth harbors little bits of food and bacteria. If you don’t floss daily, they will build up to create tartar and gum disease. Get in the habit of flossing to prevent gum disease and gum recession.
If you’re suffering from oral health issues or haven’t made it to the dentist lately, schedule an appointment today with Dr. Ray Hazen at 574-223-3121. Don’t forget to stay tuned to our blog for more important tips about dental health.