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How to Prevent Gum Disease with a Healthy Dental Routine

Having a healthy dental routine is an important way to help prevent gum diseases. Preventing the start of disease is always better than trying to treat it, and there are many things you can do to help your gums. Building a healthy dental routine starts with a healthy diet, proper dental hygiene, and regular dental cleanings.

A Healthy Diet

A healthy diet is a big part of having a healthy dental routine. A healthy diet consists of foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals, which will help the health of your mouth and teeth. A couple foods to include are dairy foods which contain calcium and casein which can help strengthen your teeth and neutralize acids in your mouth. Leafy greens are another great food to include because these include phytochemicals that can fight off bacteria. It is best to avoid sugary foods like candy and sugary drinks like soda as the sugar can cause cavities, and especially sugary foods that get stuck in your teeth.

Proper Dental Hygiene

Proper dental hygiene is vital in having healthy teeth and preventing gum disease. You should brush twice a day to get rid of buildup of plaque and germs. Brush in circular motions and take your time. Utilizing a fluoride toothpaste will help to prevent decay and can strengthen your teeth. Flossing removes plaque, stimulates the gums, and lowers inflammation. Mouthwash can kill leftover bacteria after you’ve brushed and adds minerals to your teeth.

Dental Cleanings

Dental cleanings are an essential step in preventing gum disease and part of a healthy dental routine. You should see a dentist regularly, ideally every 6 months, to make sure that your teeth and mouth are healthy. When you go to get your teeth cleaned, the hygienists make sure to remove any plaque and tartar that has built up on your teeth. They can take x-rays to make sure that you don’t have any cavities. They will also check the health of your gums. If you have any issues with your gum or teeth health, the dentist can help you manage your condition.

Your healthy dental routine needs to include a healthy diet, proper hygiene, and regular dental cleanings. It is never too late to start a healthy dental routine. If you already have signs of gum disease, talk to a dentist who can help you manage the condition.

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