To Prevent Is Better Than Cure!
One of the surveys reported in the Journal of the American Dental Association (ADA) found out that the majority of adults have gingivitis, one of the first signs of periodontal (gum disease) and the major reason they’re losing their teeth.
Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums. The beautiful color of your gum starts to turn from pink-ish to blue-ish. They get tender and sensitive, bleed easily whenever you brush your teeth.
They are caused by tartar and plague above and below the gum-line, if its left untreated, it can lead to periodontitis, this is when pus are collected in the deep pockets of the gum and your teeth becomes very sensitive to pressure, loosen, and start to fall out.
Research also suggests that gum disease can boost the risk for other serious health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory infections and premature birth. But don’t despair. Dentists have much to offer that will keep the false teeth away!
Here Are Some Ways To Avoid It:
Brush Right – You can prevent gum disease by brushing your teeth at least twice a day, and cleaning the food debris between the teeth once a day with floss, says the American Dental Association. Spend at least a few minutes a day on your teeth, that’s all you really need.
Brush At The Gumline – Gingivitis starts at the gumline, where all the plaque is in your mouth, and also the area we all skip over for some reason says Vincent Cali, DDS. Try to place your brush at a 45 degree angle, this way your gums get cleaned as well by your brush.
Stock Up On Vitamin C – Vitamins don’t cure gingivitis, but some of them have a big impact on the overall oral health, Vitamin C for example can check bleeding gums, according to a study in Western Nutrition Research Center in San Francisco. The recommended daily dose of vitamin C is about 100-200 milligrams.
Consider Vitamin D – People with higher levels of vitamin D in them were 20-25% less likely to develop gingivitis. With this said, it doesn’t necessarily mean that vitamin D helps in getting a healthier gum, but it has been shown to possess anti-inflammatory benefits.
Drink Tea – Black and green teas contain something called polypenols, they are antioxidant compounds that can prevent plaque from clinging to your teeth, which in turn reduces your chance of developing gum disease, says Christine D. Wu, PhD.
- Scrape Your Tongue – Try to remove bacteria and toxins hiding on the top of your tongue. You can scrape it with anything you want, as long as it isn’t sharp. A popsicle stick, spoon, tongue depressor or just your toothbrush will do fine. You need to scrape it back and forth for as long as 10-15 times.
When To See Your Dentist
You can get a higher risk of losing your teeth if you ignore bleeding gums. Make an appointment to your dentist’s office if you notice:
- Gums that are bleeding during brushing and flossing
- Swollen or tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
- bad breath, persistently
- A change in your bite
- Pus pockets between your teeth and gums
If your gums still bleed and swollen even though you have a good oral hygiene, its also recommended to see your dentist.
There are so many things we invest in life, but not everything is worth investing in. If there’s anything worth investing in, is a healthy set of teeth that you bring along into your 60’s or 70’s. And a healthy set of teeth starts with flossing
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