Promote Healthy Teeth And Gums
There is more than dental health at stake if you fail to brush and floss. Research suggests that the bacteria that cause gum infections can also lead to or worsen atherosclerosis, the arterial disease that contributes to heart attacks and strokes. Start practicing these good oral habits if you don’t already:
Use dental floss at least once a day (such as immediately after you brush in the morning or evening). I suggest using unwaxed dental floss if possible, and get it under the gum line to scrape the tooth surface. If you have the opportunity, ask a dental hygienist to teach you how to floss effectively.
Whenever you have a chance, wash your hands and massage your gums with your fingertips. You can also stimulate your gums by running the end of a round wooden toothpick under the gum line.
If your gums are sore, mix hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to a paste and work this mixture into and under your gums with a toothbrush. Leave the mixture on for a few minutes, then rinse.
Use a goldenseal mouth rinse.
Have your teeth and gums cleaned by a dental hygienist twice a year, and get treatment for any signs of infection that are discovered.
You may also consider toothbrushes incorporating ultrasound – they have been clinically shown to treat gingivitis more effectively than regular toothbrushes. Ask your dentist about them.
There are several causes of gingivitis, and we can help you determine how to cure this problem. Treating the symptoms is important, and finding the cause of this condition lifesaving.
Health and Wellness Associates
Dir P Carrothers
Director of Personalized Healthcare
Preventative and Restorative Medicine