Gum Care tips
Oral care comprises of tooth care as well as gum care. Only cleaning the teeth regularly is not enough, the gums also need to be taken care of so that gums do not bleed and hurt and the teeth also remain firm and intact. The teeth are rooted in the gums; therefore gum care will prevent loosening and falling of teeth.
Lack of proper measures and precautions can lead to decay of gums, weakening of gums, bleeding gums, decay due to bacterial action and this will impact the teeth too.
For gum care you can follow basic precautions in daily practices. For example, when you brush the teeth, the bristles should work more on the tooth surface rather than the gums. Brushing harshly will damage the gums and may cause bleeding.
Gums also need to be cleaned so that food particles sticking to it can be removed, and the decaying process carried out by bacteria is minimized. So move the brush gently over the gums. Massaging the gums slightly with finger will also help.
Do not drink steaming cup of tea, coffee or boiled water. It may cause scalding of gums. Let the drink cool down a bit or try to minimize the contact between gums and hot drinks. You may use a straw for this purpose.
After having sweetened drinks, rinse your mouth thoroughly and swish the water within the mouth so that the remains are washed away. Whenever food particles remain in the mouth, bacteria begin to work on it causing decay and foul smell.
Do not eat items that are very sticky in nature. For example, milk based chocolates, sweetmeats, peppermints etc. as these get stuck to the teeth and gums and cannot be removed until brushed. Even then some particles remain and cause deterioration of teeth and gums.
Be careful while eating chips, wafers or other hard food items as they may injure the gums while biting or chewing.