June 21, 2018
Protecting your oral health is a constant job because there are always bacteria present that will leap at the opportunity to latch on to your teeth and gums if the right situation presents itself. Therefore, it helps to have some strategies in place to prevent their growth, which over time can lead to gum disease as they release their caustic properties inside your oral cavity. As you read on, your dentist in Colchester reveals some of the best methods for stopping gum disease in its tracks.
What is Gum Disease?
Before entertaining ways to stop this condition from developing, we first need to have a working definition of what it is. Gum disease is the result of bacteria accumulation over time that hasn’t been addressed. Over time, hundreds of bacteria come together to create a super-structure called plaque – a clear, sticky substance.
The plaque then clings to your teeth and along the gumline, eventually seeping beneath into the gum pockets, the area between the gum tissue and the roots of your teeth. The result is inflammation and irritation, which may cause the following symptoms:
- Dry Mouth
- Bad Breath
If not treated, the minor symptoms can become major problems, one of which is tooth loss. This happens because the bacteria have been allowed to advance far enough to start dissolving the roots of your teeth.
Don’t fret, though, because this can all be prevented.
How to Prevent Gum Disease
Hera are some simple ways to protect yourself from the ills gum disease:
- Eat More Chicken – This may not be one of the first thoughts that come to mind when it comes to preventing gun disease, but the rationale is quite logical. Eating chicken provides your oral cavity with more phosphorous, which is needed to help re-mineralize your enamel after it’s been bombarded with the hosts of acids that can cause tooth decay.
- Use an Anti-Microbial Mouthwash – When looking for an anti-microbial mouthwash to use, look for one that has a small amount of alcohol because it has a tendency to dry your mouth out, something you definitely don’t want to happen. The anti-microbial mouthwash will play a major factor in ridding your mouth of harmful bacteria.
- Use a Motorized Toothbrush – Another way to fight bacteria is to use a motorized toothbrush. The rapid movement of the bristles ensures that you cover more area in an efficient manner.
- Chew Gum – Here’s another one that might not have made your list of ways to prevent gum disease. The reason that chewing gum is helpful is that it helps to stimulate saliva, which contains healing properties that help to neutralize the acids in your mouth after a meal.
Some of the items listed above may seem a little odd, but that’s okay. When it comes to protecting your oral health, sometimes you have to think outside the box. Now that you’re better informed, the next step is to simply execute.
To get more pointers on ways to protect your oral health and to schedule your first preventive care visit, contact your local dentist today!
About the Author
A graduate of Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry, Dr. John Liscio has nearly 40 years of experience caring for patients. Over that period of time, he’s built a reputation for offering a level of care that is unmatched. Dr. Liscio’s holistic approach to oral health allows his patients to better enjoy wellness and helps prevent oral maladies from arising. He practices at Liscio Dental and can be reached for more information through his website.
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