This post and gum health tips are brought to you by Sverve. All opinions and words are my own.
Recently I read a startling statistic: about half of Americans age 30 and older have gum disease. Considering that gum health plays an important role in your overall health, that’s kind of a scary number. Gum disease has been associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes, as well as having a low-weight baby or premature birth. And if you already have any of those conditions, it can make it harder to control the disease.
With Ashley being Type 1 the word diabetes always grabs my attention when I’m reading. And now that Sam & Abby (as well as two other cousins that recently announced) are pregnant, anything pregnancy-related tends to catch my eye, too, so this is something that really stood out to me.
We all want to ensure that our loved ones are taking care of themselves as much as possible, so I wanted to share some tips with you for better gum health. Breaking gum care down into the ABCs of gum health should help make it easier to keep gingivitis and periodontitis at bay.
ABCs of Gum Health
A – Ask and Answer
Your lines of communication should be as open with your dentist as they are with your general doctor. Some questions to ask might include:
- Am I cleaning as well as I should be?
- Am I using the right products (toothbrush, mouthwash, type of floss, etc.)?
- Should I try a fluoride mouthrinse or oral probiotic?
Answer your dentist’s questions honestly and also be forthcoming about any problems you’re experiencing like bleeding gums or tooth sensitivity. Both can be signs of gum disease. You should also share with your dentist if you have a family history of heart disease or stroke, or if you’re diabetic, as well as any medications you’re taking.
B – Be Proactive
Gum disease can be prevented with a little effort. Make sure you’re setting yourself up for success by scheduling regular dentist visits and following the routines and techniques you’re shown while there. It’s also good to set a reminder to replace your toothbrush every three months (I set a recurring note on my cellphone so I don’t forget).
C – Care
The most important part of gum health is taking care of your gums. Brush with toothpaste twice per day and clean between your teeth at least once a day. I, personally, love “flossers” (those convenient floss picks) as they’re easiest for me to use. But I’ve also use traditional floss and floss threaders, and there are now even interdental brushes you can try.