Gum disease is a very common condition – in fact it is estimated that 90 per cent of adults will experience mild symptoms at least once in their lives. If the condition is allowed to develop however, it can lead to serious oral health issues. For this reason it is clear that the fight against gum disease needs to begin with education.
Teaching young people how to best look after their oral health and the reasons for doing so from early on in life is key to a life free from gum disease. Kids and teenagers are notorious for loving sticky, sweet, fizzy treats, but these are no good whatsoever for their oral health. We all know this, but sometimes we do not give their oral health the emphasis that is really needed. Keeping track of our own oral health can be difficult enough let alone keeping up with which of the kids has and hasn’t brushed and flossed.
Our busy and hectic lifestyles are the number one reason that kids, teenagers and adults can often become a little lax in the oral hygiene department. Eating sugary and highly processed foods are another factor that influences the arrival of gum disease.
These kinds of foods trigger bacterial growth inside the mouth and this leads to plaque and tartar build up on the teeth. This build up of sticky stuff is what causes gum disease.
Getting into the habit of brushing at least twice a day, flossing and using a mouth wash early on in life and sticking to it is the key to maintaining good oral health throughout your life. Using an alcohol free mouth wash is recommended – you might like to ask your dentist for a recommendation about which one would be ideal for you.
Looking after your diet by cutting down on detrimental foods that are high in sugar and introducing foods that have a protective element is also important. Some of the foodstuffs that can actually benefit your gum health include green tea, for its powerful antioxidant properties, and peppermint tea for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. Cranberry juice is an effective anti-bacterial and antioxidant and foods that are high in vitamin C can also offer protection against gum disease.