Many people don’t know that a proper diet, in addition to a good oral hygiene routine, helps you fight gum disease. This is not only essential for your oral health, but also for your optimal health and well-being. By lowering your intake of starchy foods and sugar, you could be doing yourself and your mouth a huge favour!
A scary fact is about 85% of the adults in Canada struggle with some form of gum disease, and of that 50% deal with moderate to severe periodontitis. Most of us are simply not aware of how serious periodontal (gum) disease can be. When plaque, a sticky bacterial film, is allowed to accumulate between each tooth and the surrounding gum, pockets of infection are created, and the result is inflammation. There is irrefutable scientific evidence to show that this inflammation may negatively influence systemic health conditions, including heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and certain forms of cancer.
Regular cleaning by our dental hygienists, along with proper home care, can go a long way to preventing and controlling gum disease. Please make sure you schedule and keep your regular checkups and that you maintain an effective home care regimen of brushing, flossing, and rinsing.
Talk to your dentist today if you have red, inflamed, bleeding gums and find out how to stop the damage before it gets worse.