You may think that good dental hygiene only affects your smile, but it really affects your overall health. After all, it is easy for bacteria to enter our bodies via our mouth since it is used for so many of our daily activities, like eating and speaking. Unfortunately, if we aren’t careful, poor dental hygiene can lead to periodontal, or gum, disease. Periodontal disease affects a large array of individuals and can prove to be very uncomfortable and/or painful if left untreated. In honor of National Self Improvement Month, here are some at home remedies that may be used to ease some of the pain:
Regular brushing. Brushing your teeth on a regular basis is one of the biggest lines of defense against periodontal disease because bacteria that sit on your teeth after long periods of time create havoc on your gums. Make sure to brush at least two minutes.
Flossing. Clean the spaces between your teeth brushing cannot reach with floss. If you don’t remove plaque buildup found between your teeth, it hardens into something known as tartar, which requires a more extensive form of cleaning.
Rinsing. Rinsing your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash will help destroy bacteria left over by the prior two forms of cleaning. Before or after brushing doesn’t matter – the choice is yours.
Relaxation. Now, if you find yourself in pain due to swelling of the gums, try a lifestyle change. Reducing stress helps your oral health because your immune system is less compromised when you’re relaxed.
Saltwater solution. Using water infused with salt draws out infection in your swollen gums. Do this a couple times a day until your dental appointment.
If you have questions or concerns regarding gum disease prevention, contact Dr. Anthony Yamada, DDS at 310-546-2595 to schedule a consultation today, or visit www.anthonyyamadadds.com for additional information.
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