Let’s Get Going Against Gum Disease

gum diseaseYou have probably heard enough about gum disease to know that this is an oral condition you should do your best to avoid. The varying degrees of gum disease, ranging from gingivitis to advanced periodontal disease, all have certain consequences. These span from chronic bad breath to a substantially higher risk for low birth weight babies, diabetes, and more. So, you know that you don’t want to develop gum disease. You may brush your teeth morning and night, and you may even floss your teeth as often as you can remember (hopefully every night!). But is there more that can be done to prevent gum disease?

Practicing good oral hygiene is great. But there are factors that may make brushing, flossing, and routine dental care subpar in the fight against gum disease. To maximize your combat power, add a few convenient habits to your lifestyle.

  • Load up on veggies. This habit is typically endorsed by trainers helping clients maintain a healthy weight. It is recommended by physicians who want to help patients reduce the risk for systemic disease and premature aging. Vegetables are also good for your teeth and gums! This is because of their water content as well as their mineral content. In turn, these dilute acidity and rebuild strong teeth.
  • Eat more chicken. This lean meat contains calcium and phosphorous, both of which are necessary to build strong teeth and bones.
  • Chew gum. This may seem a counterintuitive recommendation by your dentist, but when you chew sugar-free gum (look for xylitol) you are doing your mouth a favor. Gum increases saliva, and saliva dilutes sugar and acid residue.
  • Get straight. Teeth, that is. Teeth that are crooked, overlapped, or turned create space for bacteria to settle in. The more bacteria that are present in the mouth, the higher oral acidity. The higher oral acidity, the weaker gums become. You can see the progression here.

At Health and Beauty Dental, we believe that healthy teeth and gums are the basis for a lifelong smile. To schedule your exam and cleaning, call (781) 772-1646.

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