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How to Make Sure Your Teeth and Gums are Healthy

Posted on by James Krantz

Dental problems are the source of quite a lot of discomfort both for you physically as well as stress wise thanks to the rising costs involved in dental care.
You can save yourself quite a lot of pain and money when you take proper care of your teeth and gums every day. As you will see in the following paragraphs, proper oral care isn't hard, especially when you watch what you eat and actually devote a little bit of time every day to your oral hygiene routine.

One of the simplest and still incredibly effective dental helpers is salt water. This does not mean that you have to go to the beach; just heat up some tap water and add some sea salt to it. You should make sure your water is warm, but it shouldn't be too hot. This method is fast, cheap and effective for killing a lot of the bacteria that is normally responsible for decay in your gums and on your teeth. This remedy can even help if you already have a problem with your teeth or gums, such as mouth ulcers or inflamed gums, and it's even better as a preventive measure. Doing this very simple thing just once a day can prevent a multitude of oral issues.

Many people focus more attention on the whiteness of their smiles than on the health of their smiles. It's great to have a pretty and sparkling white smile, but this should not be the main concern when you are thinking about the health of your teeth. In fact, a lot of the different whitening products out there actually hurt your teeth. Most of these substances are acidic and they strip off the enamel coating on your teeth. So, while your teeth may be whiter, in the long run they will be more vulnerable to damage. Products that have bleaching agents in them can damage your lips and gums and can cause real pain. It's important to be careful about using products that are made for whitening your teeth and to ask your dentist which method is best for having a whiter smile.

When you focus on the health of your mouth, you need to realize just how important your gums are to you. Most of the people who suffer from gum disease aren't aware of it until it has reached such an advanced stage that it has become painful. You can find it in the early stages by visiting your dentist regularly and paying attention to any color changes that occur in your gums. If you have gums that are really red or sensitive or if they bleed when they are touched, you have a problem.

Using toothpaste with tea tree oil can do quite a lot to help your gums stay healthy. Tea tree oil is a very powerful natural antibiotic which is packed with healing properties. It is not a good idea to use undiluted tea tree oil in your mouth as this can be very irritating to your mouth and harmful to your system if it gets swallowed.

It's not all that difficult to take great care of your mouth, but it does take regular time and effort. Beyond the regular brushing and flossing, you need to watch your diet and avoid foods and substances that will be harmful for your gums and teeth. Use these tips to improve your oral health and, by extension the health of your entire body.