Six Simple Steps To Fight Gum Disease

Studies show that over 30 percent of people suffer from periodontitis, an infection of the gums that can lead to tooth loss, and also heart disease, diabetes and pre-term labor. Besides routine brushing and flossing, evidence shows that the following pointers from cosmetic dentists Jeff Golub-Evans, DDS, and Emanuel Layliev, DDS, can help reduce the causes of gum disease. There's something to say about a smile that's beautiful and healthy.

1. Break a sweat. According to research, exercise lowers the risk of gum disease. Exercise is known to reduce the C-reactive protein in the blood associated with heart inflammation and periodontal disease.

2. Breathe through your nose. When you are exercising, breathe through your nose to prevent dry gums. When gums are dried out they are more susceptible to disease.

3. Go beyond floss. If your gums recede (and even healthy gums can), interproximal brushes, those little pipe-cleaner-looking things, may work better than floss, which can miss plaque on a root.

4. Consider your alignment. Gums are more susceptible to irritants and inflammation when teeth are crowded. For this reason, you may want to consider correcting malpositioned teeth, which can cause inability to practice proper oral health home care. Solutions include straightening teeth through various methods like Invisaign or porcelain veneers.

5. Wet your whistle. During allergy season, taking antihistamines can cause dry mouth. Counterbalance that by using a mouth rinse and toothpaste, like Biotene.

6. Eat right. Eating healthy, which helps build the body's defenses against disease, also reduces the production of plaque biofilm, which is the primary epidemiological factor associated with periodontal disease.