Tips for Healthy Gums

Tips for Healthy GumsGum inflammation, gingivitis, and periodontitis affect the majority of American adults, but they are all extremely preventable with the right dental habits. Along with regular visits to Dr. Frame for cleanings and checkups, good at-home dental care will keep your gums in tip-top shape for a lifetime.

• Daily brushing and flossing is one of the most basic ways to protect your gums from oral bacteria, but you may also consider massaging your gums. A gentle, diluted essential oil such as peppermint or eucalyptus oils can stimulate blood flow in the area and combat oral bacteria.

• What you drink can have a big effect on your gum health. Plain tap water is one of the best options, but green tea can add not just a dash of flavor to your water but also antibacterial properties that can help keep bad breath and oral bacteria under control.

• A balanced diet can also protect your smile. Fresh fruits and vegetables can be among the best foods for your gums, but you should also make sure you are getting plenty of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. Look for flaxseed oil, fish oils, and nuts for the best results.

Symptoms of gum disease should be evaluated as soon as possible. Redness, bleeding, a shiny or swollen appearance, visible recession, pain or tenderness, and loose teeth are all signs of trouble. Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Frame, our Santa Clara dentist.

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