You’ve heard the same thing since you were a little kid – brush your teeth twice a day and floss at night, right? We all know that if we want to avoid gum disease, we need to follow a solid oral care regime. It’s time to amp up that routine and introduce additional options into your basic oral care plan to help prevent gum disease. Let’s face it, you may not even be aware that your oral health is in jeopardy. Some of the worst offenders such as Gingivitis and Periodontal disease are silent stalkers. These serious problems take place beneath your gum line where you can’t see them. A growing number of scientists believe that plaque and gum disease also have an influence on your overall health, and may exacerbate conditions like heart disease and stroke. It’s obvious that a poor oral routine affects more than just your smile. Start protecting your mouth and your health now. Read on to learn seven easy tactics to help protect yourself from gum disease…
Eat More Chicken!
Calcium and phosphorous are believed to help re-mineralize your tooth enamel. Eating more chicken as well as cheeses, nuts and milk provides these minerals. Your teeth are bombarded by acids that cause tooth decay throughout the day. Enjoying more foods that introduce calcium and phosphorous into the diet, the better!
Eat more Veggies!
Whether you like them or not, there’s no doubt about it, veggies are good for you. Everyone knows vegetables are an important part of any diet – they contain water as well as vitamins and minerals – all things that our teeth love! Incorporate them into your meals as often as possible. You may not notice the difference, but your teeth and gums will.
Use an Antimicrobial Mouthwash
Not just any mouthwash will do. The key here is to use a mouthwash that has anti-microbial properties. Test several varieties, if need be, as you need to find one you’ll actually use every single day. Be sure to incorporate once in the morning after brushing, and again after brushing at bedtime. If possible, use a mouthwash that has little or no alcohol content, as alcohol dries out your mouth leaving it susceptible to tooth decay. Good saliva flow equates to better oral health.
Bust a Move
With your toothbrush, that is. Do something different and try out an electronic toothbrush that has the endorsement of the American Dental Association (ADA). Aggressive manual brushing can damage your gums. An electronic toothbrush is more effective at removing plaque and bacteria from your teeth than brushing by hand and is easier on the gums. Give it a try…your gums will thank you.
We’ve already mentioned that saliva plays a part in helping to prevent gum disease. Keep that saliva flow going after a meal by chewing a sugar-free gum that contains Xylitol — a natural sweetener derived from plants. It can help maintain a neutral pH level in your mouth and doesn’t break down like sugar. Both are beneficial in the fight against cavities.
Yes, braces might just be the answer! Getting your teeth aligned eliminates those hideouts where your toothbrush can’t seem to reach and straightens your smile at the same time. Braces can help protect you from gum disease by aligning those crooked teeth thus exposing those areas where tooth decay and bacteria hide.
Say No To Smoking!
Everyone knows smoking isn’t considered a healthy habit. Smoking is bad for the heart and lungs, but did you know it’s also bad for your teeth and gums? One more reason to consider quitting.
Take advantage of these simple tips to help maintain that beautiful smile. Incorporating even one or two of these tactics can prove beneficial towards the prevention of gum disease.
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