Brush Up On Mouth Maintenance...
- for Healthy Gums
of the first things people notice is your smile, but did you
know that taking care of your gums and teeth can also
prevent health problems?
There may be a link between oral disease and other health
problems such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke. It only
makes sense that infections such as gingivitis or gum
disease, put a strain on the body's immune system.
For the best protection and prevention, dentists encourage
us to make oral health care a priority. HealthyOntario.com
recommends the following advice for good mouth maintenance
that will keep you healthy:
1. Brush your pearly whites at least twice a day.
It takes about two and a half to three minutes to do a good
job. Try brushing for the entire length of a song on the
radio. Even better if it's Stairway to Heaven by Led
2. Floss is Your Friend.
Take the time to floss every day, not just the week or day
before your dentist appointment. Do it while you're reading
the paper or watching television.
3. Say no to your sweet tooth.
Avoid sugary foods and drinks, especially between meals. If
you give in, be sure to brush right after.
4. Pass on the smokes.
Smoking not only causes unsightly stains and bad breath, it
can promote serious dental problems like gum disease and
5. Take your gums seriously.
Keep an eye out for red, puffy, or tender gums or gums that
bleed even slightly when you brush or floss. All may be
signs of gum disease, the leading cause of adult tooth loss.
6. Don't wait until it hurts.
Living with pain is no picnic. Putting off a visit can lead
to serious damage and unnecessary expense.
For more information on dental and oral health,
HealthyOntario.com, provides a reliable source of current
information and tools for healthy living and wellness.