Keeping Your Gums Healthy

Keeping Your Gums Healthy

Want to protect against gum disease? Here’s what you can do.

When most people talk about ways to keep gums healthy, they are usually talking about ways to prevent gum disease. After all, this condition affects millions of Americans and can lead to bone and tooth loss. One way to prevent gum disease is by practicing good oral hygiene. How you care for your smile day in and day out plays a major role in the health of your gums. From the office of our Lawrenceville, NJ, periodontists Dr. John Lu, Dr. Raul Figueroa, and Dr. Kevin Murawski, here are some ways to prevent gum disease and to promote a healthier smile,

Use an Antimicrobial Mouthwash

No matter whether you currently use mouthwash every day or you are considering adding mouthwash to your current routine, it’s important to recognize that not all mouthwashes are the same. Here are some things you might want to look for when shopping for an antimicrobial mouthwash to promote healthy gums,

  • The ADA Seal of Approval: this means that product has been evaluated by the American Dental Association for efficacy and safety
  • Little to no alcohol: alcohol can dry out the mouth and leave your teeth prone to decay
  • Zinc: can fight bacteria

Your dentist may also prescribe mouthwash, particularly if we notice the early signs of gingivitis at your next cleaning.

Load Up on Veggies!

What you eat can also have a profound effect on your oral health. For example, eating a diet high in sugar and starches can increase your risk for cavities and gum disease. Therefore, you want to eat a diet that is chock full of the vitamins, minerals and nutrients your gums (and your body) need. Opt for lots of leafy greens and don’t be afraid to “eat the rainbow” (this means choosing veggies that offer a lot of different colors). You can also make smoothies and soups to help make getting your daily servings of veggies and fruits easier.

Correct Crooked Teeth

This may be one solution you hadn’t thought about before, but if you have crooked or misaligned teeth then your oral health could greatly benefit from braces. No one is too old to get braces. By realigning teeth, braces will make it easier to keep teeth clean, reducing your risk for cavities and gum disease. After all, bacteria will no longer have places to get trapped between crowded or unevenly spaced teeth.

Are you looking for a periodontist in Lawrenceville, NJ, that can provide you with the care you need to protect against or treat gum disease? If so, call Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics at (609) 896-0700 to learn more about the services we offer.

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