FALL CREEK DENTISTRY BLOG

5 Daily Habits to Improve Periodontal Health

March 05th, 2018
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost half of all Americans over the age of 30 suffer from a form of periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease is typically caused by poor oral hygiene, which leads to a build-up of plaque in the mouth.

While it is a serious condition that can lead to larger health implications, periodontal disease is also easily prevented. There are simple ways that all adults can take care of their mouth health, keep their gums healthy, and prevent periodontitis.

If you're curious about ways that you can improve your periodontal health, read on.

Below, we're providing information on five healthy habits that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine.

1. Eat Well

It's widely known that eating nutritious foods is good for your body, but did you know that it's good for your periodontal health as well?

Your diet plays an important role in determining your oral hygiene. You probably know to stay away from sugary items like candy and soda, but it's just as critical to understand which foods you should incorporate into your diet.

Certain foods like yogurt and leafy greens can boost the strength of your teeth and your overall health.

2. Relax

Stress is often ignored as a factor contributing to poor health, and that is especially true when it comes to the health of our mouths.

Believe it or not, there can be a connection between high levels of cortisol -- which happen when we're stressed -- and periodontal disease.

Whether it's meditation, taking a bath, or reading a book, trying to incorporate a relaxing habit into your daily routine. Your mouth, body, and brain will all benefit.

3. Give Up Smoking

There are lots of health risks of smoking, and so it stands to reason that there are lots of reasons to give up the habit.

Oral health is one of them. Smoking increases your risk of periodontal disease, and can lead to bad breath, yellow teeth, and a number of other symptoms related to oral hygiene.

It's never too late to quit, and taking the first steps to giving up cigarettes will improve every aspect of your health.

4. Take Flossing Seriously

It's almost cliche at this point, but it still holds true that flossing is as important as brushing when it comes to oral health. Yet many people still resist incorporating it into their daily routine.

If you're still not flossing regularly, try to find ways to make the process easier. Leave yourself a reminder on the bathroom sink, or ask your spouse to hold you accountable.

You may also want to explore the flossing tools currently on the market, which make it the process easier and less daunting.

5. Improve Your Brushing Technique

Even if you brush every day, if you aren't brushing correctly you may not be doing as much for your oral health as you think.

Gently brushing your teeth and tongue in a circular motion is the most effective way to remove plaque and bacterial build-up.

Ready to Improve Your Periodontal Health?

There's no replacement for regular dentist visits, but there are things you can do in between appointments to support your oral health. Incorporating these tips into your daily routine will make your mouth happier and healthier.

For more information on your periodontal health, contact us for an appointment today.