Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease (periodontal disease) that causes your gums to become irritated and swell up. It is a common disease and can be prevented or avoided altogether with good dental hygiene. This means brushing at least twice a day (with a toothbrush that is not more than 3 months old), flossing every day and getting regular checkups at your family dentist. But what do you do when you already have gingivitis? Can you treat it yourself by fixing your poor oral hygiene habits?
The good news is yes! If your gingivitis is relatively mild and has not progressed to Periodontitis – a more serious form of the disease, you can change up your dental routine to include more brushing and regular flossing. However, sometimes it is tricky to tell how far the disease has progressed. If you notice any signs of gingivitis, you should see your dentist immediately so that a proper assessment can be made. Dr. Lorraine Burio of Candlewood Dental Care in New Fairfield, Connecticut has over 25 years of experience treating patients with mild to serious forms of periodontal disease. If the disease continues to progress, you are at risk for infections, bone, gum, and tooth decay. This is not only bad news for your mouth, but can create all sorts of dangerous issues for your whole body.
Sometimes, even if you are putting in extra effort, gingivitis still appears. The disease is thought to be more prevalent in women and in certain families depending on genetics. For those who need just a little more help in maintaining their mouths disease free, here are a few foods you can add to your diet.
Green tea has been shown to soothe inflammation and fight bacterial infections. It has also been shown that drinking a cup of green tea a day has led to less tooth loss later in life. Whether or not green tea was the determining factor is not yet completely proven, but it can’t hurt to try!
Strawberries & Kiwis
Adding vitamin C to your diet can help the collagen from breaking down in your gums. The stronger your gums are, the less likely it is that you will get periodontal disease. (Citrus fruits are also great, but should be eaten in moderation due to their acid content.)
Studies have shown that lentinan, a natural sugar contained in shiitake mushrooms, can precisely attack harmful bacteria on your gums while leaving the healthy bacteria in your mouth unaffected.
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