We often talk about dental cleanings, scaling and root planings, and other preview treatments to keep gum disease away. But did you know that at-home oral hygiene habits also protect your periodontal health? In today’s blog, your Encinitas/San Diego, CA, periodontist talks about improving oral care and nutrition at home.
The Common Causes of Inflammation and Disease
Poor oral hygiene habits and a diet high in sugar and starch can help increase the risk of plaque buildup and gingivitis, which could in turn lead to periodontal disease. The disease could threaten smile stability, and need routine care to keep it managed.
Brushing Your Teeth
Daily brushing can help remove stray food and drink particles, and also control harmful oral bacteria. You should do this at least twice a day, for about two minutes per session. We recommend a toothbrush with soft bristles to avoid gum recession, and a toothpaste with fluoride to protect the enamel. Take time to reach and clean every available surface, and clean along the gum line to remove the microbes responsible for periodontal issues. You can choose an electric or manual toothbrush, as both are effective when used properly.
Taking Time to Floss Properly
Flossing is even more important, and removes the particles trapped between the teeth and along the gum line. You should floss every evening before bed, preferably before you brush for the second time. Run the floss up and down each side of every tooth, and then dip beneath the gum line. These actions are essential for enjoying strong gums. You can use floss tape or string, or a floss pick or water flosser. As long as you’re taking time to properly clean between the teeth, you can go with any of these options.
Watching What You Eat
A healthy diet protects both your teeth and gums. We suggest cutting back on items high in sugar and starch, as these leave particles behind that feed harmful, disease-causing bacteria. Instead, add items high in calcium, such as dairy products, fresh vegetables, lean meats, and other healthy items. Calcium helps keep your jaw strong and boosts your immune system. Vitamin D is also good because this helps your body better absorb Vitamin C. If you have any questions about how to protect your smile from periodontal disease with better homecare and nutrition habits, then contact our team today to learn more.
Talk To Your Encinitas/San Diego, CA Periodontist About Keeping Gum Disease at Bay
With good habits at home and regular visits to our office, you can fight the onset of periodontal disease. If you would like to learn more about proper nutrition and oral hygiene, then call Dr. Kania’s office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711.