We also work with our patients and the community to educate on oral hygiene and making good oral hygiene choices.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease as it is often called, impacts many people. It is important to make good dental health care choices in order to prevent gum disease and other serious oral health problems.
Some of the important ways to prevent periodontal disease include:
-Maintaining daily habits such as flossing and brushing.
-Avoiding behaviors such as consuming too much sugary soda.
-Not smoking or using other tobacco products.
-Going to the dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.
Along with these habits, there are many foods that can help prevent the spread or onset of gum disease. These natural foods can help maintain a healthy mouth and a bright smile.
Two ingredients in natural foods that can prevent gum disease are licorice root and coconut oil.
In 2012 a study conducted by the American Chemical Society found that licorice root can kill two kinds of bacteria that are known to cause cavities and have been linked to gum disease. Licorice root can have certain side effects if used too much, so it is important to talk to your doctor before using it too much.
Another study done in 2012 by the Society for General Microbiology found that coconut oil can be used to fight Streptococcus bacteria. This bacteria has been found to cause tooth decay. Some patients may be familiar with coconut oil pulling, which has shown some benefit to those that practice it, along with routine oral hygiene habits. Further research needs to be done on this product. Nothing can replace daily brushing and flossing to keep your mouth healthy.
One of the best ways to prevent gum disease is to regularly see a dentist. At Dental Partners of Boston, we can screen for gum disease and treat it once it starts. We can also advise you and help you maintain good oral hygiene habits to prevent gum disease before it starts. Our friendly staff are happy to schedule an appointment at a time that works best for you.