There is no question that you can prevent gum disease from ever occurring if you take a few simple steps to protect your oral health. There are however, a few factors that can contribute to developing the condition and which can cause it to progress quickly. If you understand about what causes the condition, the factors which can exacerbate it and how to prevent it, then you can ensure that you avoid the disease, or at least nip it in the bud if you notice the early signs of gum disease.
The build up of bacteria in the mouth leads to the growth of plaque around the base of the tooth. This build up of plaque is the major factor of gum disease. It causes swollen gums and can causing bleeding when you brush or eat certain foods. Over time the condition can worsen and the plaque eats away at the tooth enamel and the gums recede away from the plaque. If the condition is left to deteriorate, then the gums may no longer be able to properly support the teeth and teeth may become loose and fall out.
The primary weapon against gum disease is home oral health care. If you are diligent about looking after your teeth at home on a daily basis, then you can generally avoid developing the condition. You should be brushing your teeth after every meal and flossing in between your teeth at least once per day. Flossing is the most effective way to remove plaque that springs up between the teeth.
Your diet is another important factor when it comes to looking after your teeth. Cut down on as much sugar as you can and processed foods as these encourage the growth of bacteria in the mouth. Starchy, stodgy foods and fried foods are also best avoided as they can encourage plaque development. Eat plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and proteins such as eggs and fish, which can protect the teeth and assist with the prevention of gum disease.
There is some evidence that green tea can also have a protective result with the teeth as it has powerful antioxidant properties to kill off bacteria. Mint tea is another alternative, which has anti-bacterial properties and is also able to soothe swollen gums. Cranberry juice is also thought be effective against plaque due to its antioxidant properties.
Simple lifestyle changes such as the above as well as trying to reduce stress levels, getting plenty of sleep and also taking enough exercise can also make a difference to you gum health and overall well being.