How To Keep Your Periodontal Health In The Best Shape

September 30, 2020

The health of your gums is incredibly important. Many people don't realize it, but good general health starts in the mouth, and this is because anything that is present in our mouths can enter our bodies - including bad bacteria and other harmful microorganisms. Poor oral health can cause periodontal disease - a chronic inflammation of the gum tissue that results in bleeding gums, pain, loose teeth, jawbone deterioration and tooth loss. That's not all either. Severe periodontal disease has been linked to chronic health conditions including high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, stroke and even cancer. With this in mind, it's clear just why we need to ensure that we don't overlook our gum health in favor of worrying purely about our teeth.We all know how important it is to brush and floss our teeth every day. However, there are many more things we can be doing to support our periodontal health. Here are 6 of the most effective tips for keeping your gums, mouth and subsequently, your body, in the best possible health.

1.Use a fluoride mouthwash

Did you know that not all mouthwashes are the same? With many bottles on the shelves of grocery stores and pharmacies, it can be hard to figure out what brand of mouthwash to get. However, one thing that you should be looking for is a mouthwash that contains fluoride. This is because fluoride helps to strengthen tooth enamel and provide you with an extra layer of protection against decay and gum disease. You should make sure that your toothpaste contains fluoride too!

2. Don't brush your teeth too hard

Many people have the misconception that they harder they brush their teeth, the cleaner and therefore healthier they will be. However, brushing too hard can actually be a disaster for your periodontal health. This is because it can irritate the gum tissue and cause it to recede away from the teeth, creating pockets in which food particles and bacteria can become trapped and contribute towards the progression of gum disease.

3. Swap soda for water

Most of us know that we should be drinking at least 8 glasses of fluid each day to stay healthy. However, many people choose to use sugary, acidic drinks to meet this daily intake. Most sodas and many fruit juices contain high levels of sugar. Unfortunately, it doesn't matter if the sugar is natural or artificial - both are equally damaging when it comes to your oral health. They can also be highly acidic, and these can cause the enamel on the teeth to wear away, making your teeth more sensitive and prone to decay.

4. Consider fluoride varnish

Fluoride varnishing isn't one of the most well-known dental treatments, but it can be highly effective for protecting the teeth against damage and decay that could put your periodontal health at risk. This process involves pasting fluoride directly onto the surface of the tooth. This can be carried out on both adults and children, and the fluoride should be applied every 6 months for the best protection.

5. Don't smoke

Smoking is bad news for your oral health, putting you at higher risk of developing gum disease and subsequent complications. This is because smoking weakens the immune system, making it harder for your body to fight off infections - including those that affect the gums. The Centers for Disease Control and Protection recommend quitting smoking to reduce your risk of gum disease.

6. Visit your dentist every 6 months

The health of our gums can change at any time and for this reason, dentists recommend that you visit for a check-up every 6 months. This will enable them to carefully monitor the health and condition of your gums, so that they can intervene with support and treatment if necessary.Don't hesitate to contact our office by calling (719) 215-5869 for our Salida location or (970) 453-4244 for our Breckenridge location.