Maintaining your Healthy Smile
While periodontal disease is very treatable, the best way to avoid gum surgery is to prevent gum disease before it happens. This includes all the normal activities associated with proper dental hygiene—brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist at least twice a year (if not three or four times!). However, there are other things that we can do in order to keep our gums and teeth healthy.
First, smoking may be bad for your lungs, but it is no friend to your mouth either. Someone who smokes is five to ten times more likely to develop gum disease than non-smokers, and those who smoke have a lower chance of success after gum surgery. In addition to contributing to gum disease, smoking will make your teeth yellow! Keep your smile bright and healthy by quitting smoking.
Secondly, a well-balanced and nutritious diet will provide your body with the vitamins and minerals it needs to be strong. This includes both calcium to strengthen your teeth, as well as vitamins C and E in order to boost your immune system to fight off infections or gingivitis. Antioxidants are not only great at preventing illness and infection, but also a great way to help your body fight off existing conditions.
Thirdly, clenching and grinding your teeth can impact your gums as well as your teeth. The excess force can lead to the destruction of tissues around the teeth, and can force bacteria deep into the grooves between your teeth and gums.
Finally, though many people only relate stress to heart disease, stress can do a number on your dental health as well. Your immune system is directly linked to your stress level, and cannot fight off infection or illness if it is being impaired by stress.
Everyone should try to be as healthy as possible, so these tips can benefit anyone looking to boost their dental health. However, periodontal disease is highly genetic, and tends to run in families, so those who have a family history of periodontal disease should take extra care to follow these preventative tips.