We have talked about ways to prevent tooth decay and keep your mouth healthy, and also how to notice if you have dental issues. But how do you know if your teeth are healthy or not? Here’s how:
- Healthy gums
Look at your gums. If they are pink and firm when you touch them, that’s a good sign. Your teeth should be firm and not loose. There shouldn’t be any flaps or pockets either. Flossing daily will help your gums to stay healthy as well. When you brush your teeth, also lightly brush your gums.
- Strong teeth
Part of your normal dental visit is testing your teeth to make sure that they are strong. Grinding and clenching your teeth can cause wear and damage, which the dentist will check for. If you have strong teeth, this is a great sign that you are doing a good job at keeping your teeth healthy.
- Good breath
This is an easy one to check for. If you have good breath, this generally means your mouth/teeth are healthy. On the flip side, bad breath can be a sign of bacteria or other food particles in your mouth. Keep in mind, though, even if your mouth is perfectly clean, you can still have bad breath. Bad breath can be caused by other health issues, such as diabetes or sinus issues.
- Teeth alignment
Braces are important for a variety of reasons. Having straight and properly-aligned teeth can help with cleaning. Teeth being out of alignment can cause issues with chewing, which can actually impact digestion. Having straight teeth is a good sign of oral healthiness!
These are a just a few ways to tell if you have healthy teeth and gums. However, even if you have great gums and strong teeth, you should still visit the dentist regularly. Sometimes there are issues that are deeper and may not be obvious by just checking yourself.