Tips for Maintaining Healthy Gums
Healthy gums are the foundation for a healthy smile. Pain, bleeding, inflammation, a shiny appearance or receding gums can indicate the presence of gum disease, which includes tooth loss and bone loss among its consequences. Twice-daily brushing and daily flossing are some of the most important things you can do to keep your gums healthy. You may also try gum massage, which can stimulate blood flow to these delicate tissues. If our Northridge dentist recommends, add an essential oil to your massage regimen to combat bacteria.
Many people know that good dental hygiene contributes to smile health, but your diet can, too. What you eat can leave you hiding your smile or sharing it confidently. Green tea helps neutralize the compounds that cause bad breath and has an antimicrobial effect for healthier teeth and gums. Salmon, nuts and other foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties. Fruits and vegetables contain critical nutrients and can help mechanically clean your teeth and gently massage your gums. Avoid foods that are high in sugar, which feeds dangerous oral bacteria, and acidic foods that alter your mouth’s natural pH balance. Processed foods and convenience foods offer little nutritional value and should be limited or avoided.
Finally, visit us at least twice a year. We perform professional cleanings that rid you of plaque and tartar, even in hard-to-reach areas to keep your whole smile healthier. Contact our dental office today to find out more about keeping your gums healthy or to schedule your next appointment.
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