Hum drum… Bleeding gums

Lovely subject! but it is important so read on if you can…

This post comes under the anti-ageing heading, as bad teeth will age you and bad gums could affect your longterm health.

My front two teeth are crowned, I also have two veneers.  My gums around these teeth are very prone to bleeding – due to ‘the foreign objects’ in my mouth as my hygenist has explained to me.

OK so bleeding gums aren’t good, you could lose a tooth but also, and this is the scary part, recent studies have shown a link between gum disease and dementia.  You can read the research here on the Alzheimer’s Society page…  I’ve always cleaned my teeth of course, but this revelation has made me really try and tackle and stay on top of my gums.  My gums are still prone to bleeding, but they have vastly improved and this is due to the routine I follow below, which I would like to share with you.

teeth & gum cleaning routine

Dental Professionals
Visit the dentist.  Also find a hygienist that you trust and feel comfortable with and see them at least every 6 months, maybe every 3 if you need a bit of extra help.

Brushing
Of course clean your teeth at least twice a day, but remember to brush your teeth and your gums.   I used to use a manual toothbrush but changed to an electric one a number of years ago.  One of the key benefits to me is having one with a timer as you should brush your teeth for 2 minutes, and that can be difficult to judge.  My current brush is the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean in black, as you can see it looks fab, and I like the fact that the glass that comes with it also acts as a holder and the charger.

Toothpaste, use one with fluoride, I’ve tried loads all much the same in my opinion and with a good tooth brush I’m not convinced you need one that whitens your teeth too, but of course it’s down to personal choice.

Floss
Now this is key I think to good gum care.  I used to hate flossing my teeth to the point where I said I couldn’t do it.  The gaps between my teeth are very tight especially the front ones, plus my teeth at the bottom cross over in places. I was scared of dental floss! I was convinced it would get stuck between my teeth.  Thinking flossing was not for me I tried the little interdental brushes but even the smallest size of these could not easily get between my teeth.  So I stopped, no flossing – bad idea.

I then discovered the Philips Sonicare Air Floss, and things improved a lot , but still not perfect. Luckily for me I got a new hygienist who introduced my to dental tape, which I had tried before, but she showed me Crest Glide Floss, and also assured me it would not get stuck! She also explained that the Air Floss was a good idea but flossing would always be better for me.   I made a real effort and started flossing, using a magnifying mirror and being very gentle.  The Glide Floss did not get stuck  πŸ™‚ and I started to see results.  With perserverance things got easier to the point that I can now floss without the  aid of a mirror (however I still like to use one as I find it satisfying seeing the results!!)

Mouthwash

I mentioned above the  Philips Sonicare Air Floss, I fill the Air Floss with Listerine Advanced Defence Gum Treatment Mouthwash and then after flossing I use the Air Floss all round my mouth, twice.  I like the Listerine mouthwash, as unlike other brands it doesn’t make my mouth feel dry after using.  Important – don’t rinse your mouth after using mouthwash or you will wash it all away.

To conclude

Good gums = good teeth and could help to prevent problems in later life.
Smile at people and they tend to smile back.
Smiling lifts the face and makes you look younger  – and please don’t worry about smile lines round your eyes.

Maybe you have great teeth and gums – good for you, keep them that way.  However if you suffer at all with bleeding gums please realise that you can do something about it, and more importantly you need to.

The above routine works for me, I hope you find it useful πŸ™‚

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