Healthy Teeth and Gums | Silverman Family Dentistry

Top 10 Steps to Healthy Teeth and Gums

1. Exercise

Regular exercise can lower the risk of gum disease, according to Samuel Low, D.D.S, former president of the American Academy of Periodontology.

2. Electric Toothbrush

An electric toothbrush is actually better for you than most people think. An electric toothbrush with a small head can help remove plaque better than a standard one.

3. Wait to brush
Most people know that you should brush two times per day. But did you know that you should wait at least 30 minutes after eating to brush your teeth? Brushing right afterward can brush the enamel on your teeth away. It takes about 30 minutes for your saliva to neutralize the acidity in food.

4. Brush/massage your gums
Massaging your gum with your fingers or electric toothbrush can help prevent gum disease.

5. Stop drinking bottled water
Regular straight-from-the-tap drinking water contains fluoride; fluoride that is essential to teeth & gums health. If you drink bottled water, you are regularly missing out on its health benefits. We recommend adding a filter to your tap instead.

6. Floss and use mouthwash
The benefits of flossing and using mouthwash is insurmountable.

7. Choose the right toothbrush
Not every person’s mouth is built the same way. Likewise, we should choose a toothbrush that fits our teeth properly. If you gums recede, for example, buy an ‘interproximal’ brush. Don’t forget to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Old toothbrushes can actually ruin your teeth.

8. Brush your tongue
Your tongue can hold harmful bacterial, which can contribute to tooth decay.

9. Stay healthy
Sugar is the #1 culprit in tooth decay – because it’s the worst thing that can stick to your teeth, get in your gums, and stay on your tongue. Eating right is an extremely important step to preventative healthcare.

10. Visit the dentist
Regular checkups and cleans can ensure that you’re on track and will evaluate your overall dental health and clean your teeth thoroughly. He or she will look for signs of gum disease, tooth decay, oral cancer, vitamin deficiencies, diabetes and other possible conditions.