Most people recognize how important it is to keep your teeth and gums healthy, but different lifestyle factors can negatively impact your periodontal health over time. To help maintain healthy teeth and gums, keep these tips in mind.
Minimize the stress in your life. Research has shown that people who have a difficult time coping with stress can neglect their oral hygiene. Additionally, researchers have also associated the hormone cortisol with periodontal disease. Chronic stress increases cortisol levels, and these increased levels can be a factor in developing periodontal disease.
Tobacco use is one of the most significant risk factors in the development and progression of periodontal disease. Tobacco’s adverse effects on oral health are well documented. Most people with recurrent periodontal disease are smokers, and smoking is also associated with complications after oral surgery. If you need some tips or help with quitting smoking or chewing tobacco, be sure to ask Dr. Cox at your next appointment.
Drinking the occasional glass of red wine has been shown to affect the body positively; however, heavy drinking can negatively impact your oral health. Alcohol can irritate your gums, tongue, and other oral tissues. It can also contribute to poor healing after surgery and can halt your oral hygiene routine. In addition, heavy drinkers often suffer from tooth decay due to the increased exposure to sugars and acids found in alcoholic drinks.
You know that a healthy diet is essential for your overall health, but it’s also crucial for your oral health! A good diet will help your immune system be at its best to help fight infections, including periodontal disease. In addition to eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet, research has shown that both yogurt and green tea may add an extra boost to your periodontal health.
Protecting your periodontal health brings a lifetime of benefits. You keep dental costs down by preventing future visits. You smile, speak, and eat with comfort and confidence. Daily brushing and flossing are among the best ways to help prevent gum disease because it keeps the formation of bacteria-rich plaque to a minimum. However, it would help if you were sure to visit us here at Cox Family Dentistry, at least twice a year to have your teeth professionally cleaned and screen for periodontal disease signs. Schedule your dental appointment today!