Tips to Preventing Gum Disease Thanks to Your Dental Office in Kona

Jan 29, 14 Tips to Preventing Gum Disease Thanks to Your Dental Office in Kona

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, occurs when plaque, which is made of bacteria and other materials, accumulates in the spaces between teeth and gums. There are plenty of ways to prevent this nasty disease, one of which is good oral hygiene. By visiting your local Dental Office in Kona twice a year, you can ensure your dental health is more than sufficiently taken care of. Here are some tips to help you take care of your gums.

1. Give up sugar. It promotes bacteria. If you brush your teeth after eating, and rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash, this will increase your chances of fighting bacteria.

2. Eat more fruits and vegetables. They contain antioxidants, which help restore tissue. By eating raw vegetables, you also clean your teeth.

3. Visit your dentist. Routine cleaning and examinations every six months is vital, every three months if you have a history of gum issues.

4. Take Vitamin C: Taking 1000 mg daily will help support your immune system. This strengthens the gums by making it more immune to bacteria.

5. Take calcium. Calcium stimulates the formation of bones and teeth. It is recommended to take 1300 mg a day if you are a teen (equal to four cups of milk), 1,000 mg for adults ages 19 to 50 years, and 1200 mg for adults ages 51 years and older.

6. Consider a different dentist. Some dentists have adopted a holistic approach, but have the same training as others. These professionals use acupuncture to relieve pain, and gladly recommend supplements and other techniques to reduce stress.

7. Stop smoking. Smoking quadruples the risk of periodontal disease. If you undergo gingival surgery, smoking slows down the healing process.

8. Brush teeth and tongue. At least twice a day, brush your teeth and tongue with a soft bristle brush for two to three minutes. It is important to respect this period. In fact, you should exceed it by 45 to 60 seconds just to ensure adequate cleaning.

9. Remember to floss: Floss daily, but properly. Carefully insert the floss between teeth, forming a C around each tooth. Gently move the floss in a back and forth motion.

To learn more about oral healthcare, contact the office of Carter S. Yokoyama, DDS or visit Carteryokoyamadds.com today.

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