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The health of your gums has a direct effect on the health of the rest of your body. Poor gum health has been linked to issues like cancer and heart disease, which is why it’s so important to take good care of your gums.

Let’s look at a few things Dr. Stan Scalf recommends you do in order to preserve the health of your gums.

Consistent flossing

While brushing your teeth is important your gum health, flossing is even more so. Brushing only cleans about 65% of the surface of any given tooth. Flossing gets the other 35%, which is important because this prevents the buildup of plaque. Plaque, when left alone, turns into tartar, which causes gingivitis. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and causes red, swollen gums that bleed easily.

Healthy foods

Another important aspect of gum health is ensuring that you’re eating healthily. Foods and drinks high in sugar don’t do a lot to help out your gums, or your teeth. A balanced diet is a great way to rest easy knowing your gums are healthy.

Consistent oral health routine

It’s easy to get so busy that we forget to brush, floss, and use mouthwash. However, sticking to a consistent oral health routine is one of the most effective ways to ward off any sort of gum health problems.

If you have any other questions about gum health, want a screening to make sure yours are in tip top shape, or need an appointment for any other reason, call us today at 502-863-9340.