How to Have Healthy Gums

20150414_082901I recently had our entire family in to the dentist for check-ups, and some of us came back with less than stellar reports. The dentist kept reminding me how important it is to floss to avoid cavities and also to maintain good gum health.

Healthy gums are really the cornerstone of a healthy mouth.  According to the American Dental Association, almost 50% of Americans suffer from gum disease. Good oral hygiene, eating the right foods, and using supplements or supplement-enriched dental products can help keep gums – and us – healthy and happy.

Risk factors include:

Heredity
Smoking
Diabetes
Stress
Immune deficiencies
Defective fillings or bridges
Pregnancy and oral contraceptives
Dry mouth
Poor dental hygiene habits

Gum disease starts as gingivitis and can lead to periodontitis. Plaque forms on teeth and gums daily, and if it is not removed, it hardens into tartar. Gingivitis begins when bacteria feeding on tartar cause infection where our gums attach to our teeth. Continue reading “How to Have Healthy Gums”

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