Keeping your gums in a healthy state is a lot more important than you may think. In addition to brushing and flossing, a healthy diet can also help you maintain healthy gums and the prevention of dental disease.
By eating properly, you are providing vitamins, minerals, and nutrients for your gums and teeth, which can help keep your gums and teeth healthy. Not everyone knows this, but Fluoride is found naturally in some foods, so by consuming them, you are effortlessly helping contribute to tooth decay prevention. Fluoride, also found in your water supply (in most areas), can help reduce cavities by up 60%. Also, a non-fluoride alternative are rinses with xylitol.
While on the topic of food, it is important to point out that certain foods can be very detrimental to the health of your gums and teeth especially foods high in sucrose (also known as granulated sugar). Although very tasty, it is the leading cause of tooth decay.
Here are a few more ways to help keep your gums healthy:
- Brush often – Whenever you eat, you are leaving behind bacteria in your mouth that, if left alone, can cause plaque.
- Floss daily – It is best to floss 2-3 times a day. Flossing is essential to getting rid of all the bacteria that is trapped between your teeth (the areas your tooth brush cannot reach). You can also use Stim-U-Dents or Soft-Picks.
- Use non-alcohol mouthwash – Not only does it leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean, it also helps get rid of bacteria. If you can, use it after every meal. It is important to note that mouthwash is not nearly as effective as brushing or flossing.
To help in the prevention of dental disease, contact Dr. Ted Haines DDS of Snohomish, WA for an appointment to ensure your teeth and gums are at their healthiest. Call today 360-568-8577 or www.tedhainesdds.com.