Early detection of risk factors can help you prevent periodontal (gum) disease as well as other health conditions associated with gum disease. It can be something as simple as changing certain oral hygiene habits.
You've heard this before, but the simple truth is that Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly continues to be the most important factors in keeping your gums healthy. Some dental care professionals recommend the following for men and women regardless of age.
- Maintain a healthy body weight
- Exercise regularly
- Stop the use of tobacco products
- Minimize alcohol consumption
- Consuming foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids (i.e cold-water fish and walnuts), probiotics (certain types of yogurts) and antioxidants (i.e: berries more specifically blueberries, green tea)
- Reduce stress - Chronic stress increases the level of the hormone cortisol, which researchers have found is associated with gum disease
Happy flossing 🙂