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Oral Health: Don't Ignore Your Gums

When you go to your dentist, you are likely concerned about cavities and the stains on your teeth. If you are like me, then you probably never thought much about your gums. Unfortunately, this caused me to form a serious gum recession condition. My dentist said that hard brushing practices, poor flossing techniques, and even the consumption of sugary foods led to the recession. After some deep scaling treatments, I was informed that I needed a gum graft procedure. The gums are extremely important to your health. They provide your teeth with the nutrients they need and they protect the sensitive dental roots. The gums even keep bacteria away from your jaw bone. Don't ignore your gums like I did. Read my blog and learn about proper oral care techniques. Prevention practices can easily save your gums from necessary restoration.

3 Ways To Take Care Of Your Teeth Over The Holidays

Over the holidays, make sure that you don't forget about your dental care. It is important to take good care of your teeth throughout the year, and especially during the holidays when you may be busy with lots of other things. 

#1 Avoid Sticky Candies

One of the foods that seem to be more present during the holidays than other times of the year are sticky and hard candies and desserts. Try to avoid eating sticky and hard candies and desserts. These types of food can get stuck in your teeth and are hard to remove. If you have any fillings, dental bridges, etc, they can pull on these structures in your mouth and damage them.

If you can't entirely avoid or don't want to avoid sticky and hard candies and desserts during the holiday season, stick to very small portions of these types of desserts. Make sure that you suck on them to break them down and don't try to chew your way through these types of desserts; chewing hard and sticky candies can be tough on your teeth.

#2 Be Careful With Nuts

Nuts are another food that is big around the holiday season. Avoid trying to crack open nuts with your teeth. This can cause you to crack and damage your teeth and is not worth it for the morsel of goodness inside of the nut. Instead, use a nut cracks on any nuts that you want to eat or purchase nuts that have already been shelled. Shelled nuts are a lot easier on your teeth. 

#3 Use The Right Tools To Open Packages

It can be easy when you are excited to use your teeth to open up packages. Don't do this, as it can really damage your teeth. Your teeth are a powerful tool that should only be used for eating, not for opening up packages. Take the extra couple of minutes find a pair of scissors or a pocket knife to open up packages and save your teeth for all the tasty food. 

#4 Stick To Regular Dental Habits

Make sure that you don't overlook your regular dental habits. Just because you stayed up late eating desserts or drink festive drinks doesn't mean that you should skip out on brushing and flossing your teeth. Make time every day to brush and floss your teeth. It only takes a few minutes and will protect your long-term dental health. Even skipping a few brushing and flossing sessions, especially when you are eating sugary foods, can be detrimental to your dental health, so be sure to take five minutes to attend to your dental health needs every night before you go to bed and in the morning when you wake up.

Contact a company like Goldberg Dental Group for more information and assistance.