5 Ways to Prevent Gum Disease from Beating You

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Your gums are the foundation for a healthy smile as they support your teeth. When you smile your gums can either appear healthy—pink and firm, or red, swollen and tender. If you prefer the healthy version there are some easy things to help you do that!

Diet: Your first defense against unhealthy gums is your diet. Avoid sugary, starchy foods and opt instead for more protein and vegetables. If you snack on seeds your gums will benefit from the minerals.

The Journal of Periodontology discovered that every cup of green tea a patient consumed resulted in less bleeding gums. There was also less clinical attachment loss and shallower periodontal pocket depth. The more green tea patients drank, the lower the incidence of periodontal disease.

Toothpaste: If you use toothpaste containing whiteners or artificial coloring this may irritate gum tissue. Whiteners, if used to excess can also increase tooth sensitivity. You may consider using a fluoride containing toothpaste to strengthen tooth enamel and reduce sensitivity.

Mouthwash: an antibacterial mouthwash kills the bacteria in the mouth that may linger after you brush and floss your teeth which helps prevent plaque from building up.

Oral Irrigation: This is a pulsing stream of water to reach areas of our mouth that you may not be able to reach with your toothbrush and dental floss. This is especially helpful for reaching the molars in the back which can harbor tiny particles of food and bacterial debris.

Gum Massager: This is a battery-operated device which can help you increase blood flow to the gums daily to increase their oxygen supply and possibly reversing gum disease. A gentle daily massage may be just what your gums need after a day of protecting your pearly whites!

Stay on top of your daily oral hygiene maintenance and your gums and teeth will thank you. We invite you to call us at 713-481-5693 if you have any questions or concerns about your gums!