Preventing gum diseases is essential not only for a beautiful, healthy smile and for self-confidence, but for the health of the entire body – gums suffering from a disease or from an inflammation can lead to improper digestion, which affects the entire digestive tract and the bacteria that cause inflammation to the gums can travel down the throat as well, causing severe inflammation to the body’s internal organs. Fortunately, gum diseases can be easily prevented with a proper hygiene and some attention – here is how.Brushing Your Teeth the Right Way
Gum disease can be efficiently prevented if you brush your teeth at least twice a day and you clean the space between the teeth once a day, preferably in the evening. Pay attention to do the brushing and the flossing right:
- Spend around 3-5 minutes brushing your teeth, moving your brush not only up and down, but in circles as well and paying special attention to the back of your teeth because cavities are more likely to develop on the interior side;
- Brush at the gumline, too – the area where the visible part of the tooth meets the gum tends to trap plaque-forming bacteria that need to be removed to avoid gum problems and the development of cavities;
- Floss the right way – grab a piece of floss between two thumbs and move the floss gently, but firmly between touching teeth to remove the tiny food particles trapped in the small space;
- Finish with a thorough rinse and swish with an anti-bacterial mouth rinse to remove all bacteria.
To make brushing as efficient as possible, use a suitably sized brush with soft or medium bristles. Many Highlands Ranch dentists may suggest alternating two brushes to allow each of them to dry properly.
Stimulate Your Gums
Another great way to prevent gum diseases is to stimulate the gums with exercise. Sugar-free chewing gums are great for the purpose and so is a diet rich in firm foods that need to be chewed, such as apples and celery.
Stock Up on Nutrients
For healthy functioning, your gums need vitamins and minerals. Vitamin C can help people suffering from gum bleeding, vitamin D is known to promote gum health by preventing inflammations and calcium is also essential for gum health because it strengthens the bones, including the jaws and makes teeth strong.
Make Your Lifestyle Healthier
Try to limit your consumption of foods and beverages that contain high amounts of sugar. Choose fresh fruit instead of dried fruit, consume plenty of dairy products and replace soda-type beverages with plain water or unsweetened tea. Smoking and the consumption of alcohol are also harmful for your gums – try to quit smoking or reduce the number of cigarettes and also reduce your intake of alcohol and you will soon notice the positive effects on your gums, too.
Gum diseases, especially gum bleeding are often associated with stressful lifestyle, so try to spend more time outside or hit the gym at least twice a day – more relaxation and more physical activity not only improves your general health and makes you feel better, but is also efficient for preventing gum diseases.