New Year’s Resolutions That Promote Healthy Teeth & Gums

We know that lifestyle changes can improve our health by reducing risk for heart disease, obesity, diabetes and many types of cancer, but did you know it also has a positive impact on oral health?

Periodontal diseases are ongoing infections of the gums that gradually destroy the support of natural teeth. Dental plaque is the primary cause of gum disease in genetically-susceptible individuals. Bacteria found in plaque produce toxins or poisons that irritate the gums. They may cause them to turn red, swell, and bleed easily. If this irritation is prolonged, the gums separate from the teeth causing pockets (spaces) to form.

Here are five lifestyle changes that can promote healthy teeth and gums:

  1. Diet – In addition to all of the other benefits of eating well and drinking plenty of fluids, a healthy diet can also promote healthy teeth and gums. Foods containing omega-3, calcium, vitamin D and even honey have all been shown to reduce the incidence or severity of periodontal disease.
  2. Exercise – Studies have shown that people who exercise regularly also have a lower incidence of severe gum disease than those who do not.
  3. Reduce Stress – Studies have also shown a relationship between stress levels and periodontal disease. Also, studies have indicated that people experiencing stress are more likely to ignore their oral hygiene.
  4. Stop Smoking – Not only is smoking a leading cause of respiratory and cardiovascular disease, it is a major risk factor for periodontal disease. Not only can smoking increase the chances of developing periodontal disease, it can also reduce the effectiveness of treatment for existing periodontal disease.
  5. Visit your Dentist – Regular check-ups and screenings can help with early diagnosis of many diseases, including periodontal disease.

Here’s to your improved dental and overall heath!