Healthy teeth and gums

GEHA | December 13, 2018

oral health
Find out the best ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

We know that taking care of our physical and mental health are important. Equally important is our dental health, beginning with clean teeth. For a healthy smile and mouth, keep your tooth surfaces and gums clean to help prevent cavities and gum disease.

Follow these tips to take care of your teeth and gums:

  • Brush twice a day, morning and night. Don’t neglect brushing before bed to get rid of the germs and plaque that accumulate throughout the day.
  • Brush properly. Take your time and move the toothbrush in gentle circular motions to remove plaque. Use a fluoride toothpaste and soft-bristled toothbrush. Consider using an electric or battery-operated toothbrush.
  • Brush your tongue. Plaque can also build up on your tongue, which can lead to bad breath and oral health problems.
  • Floss once a day. It stimulates the gums, reduces plaque and removes tiny pieces of food stuck between your teeth.
  • Use mouthwash. It reduces the amount of acid in your mouth and cleans hard-to-brush areas around the gums.
  • Drink more water. Drinking water after every meal helps wash out some of the negative effects of sticky and acidic foods and beverages.
  • Eat crunchy fruits and vegetables. This helps build strong teeth and jaws, especially in children.
  • Be mindful of sugary and acidic foods. Sugar converts to acid in the mouth, which can erode tooth enamel and lead to cavities.
  • See your dentist twice a year. Your dentist can remove plaque, look for cavities and spot potential issues.


Sources:
“11 ways to keep your teeth healthy.” Healthline Media, 13 November 2017
“Oral health: Brush up on dental care basics.” Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, Mayo Clinic, 3 May 2016.