There are many people who believe they can get by with brushing and flossing. And for some people that is true. However, many will be disappointed when they find out that they have new cavities or that they are facing gingivitis or full blown gum disease!
Some people do not even brush and floss on a regular basis. Some people can actually get away with that, but most cannot. Each body is different and has different chemistry and other factors affecting it.
The reality is that dental professionals tell us that about 75% of the population has some form or degree of gum disease right now! How many people are willing to accept that as being true? It is a disease that people don’t like to talk about. People fear that they are unique or alone in having this problem. They do not realize that there is a high probability that their neighbor has it too!
Unless, they go to the same periodontist and run into each other in the waiting room, they may never know that the other has such a problem! If dental health professionals tell us that 75% of the people have some form of gum disease, right now, it may make you wonder what you can do to tip the odds in your favor!
Here are three tips that you can confirm with most hygienists, I think they will generally agree.
1. Try chewing xylitol gum. Mind you that not all gums that say ‘xylitol’ in the ingredients are equal. You want to have a gum with the main ingredient of xylitol. It is generally believe that to be effective, a piece of gum should have .72 grams of xylitol per piece. There are certain gums that do not have this amount. The dental association in Finland believes that xylitol has been responsible for reducing both gum disease and cavities in their country since WWII. Unfortunately, the awareness in the United States about this fantastic natural sugar is lacking for the time being.
2. pH balanced mouthwash. We bombard our mouths with acidic drinks and foods all of the time. It boils down to simple chemistry, an acid dissolves things like tooth enamel and dentin. When you use a pH balanced mouthwash after an acidic beverage or drink, you are giving your mouth pH a chance to re-balance. A higher pH can help your saliva to to its natural job or remineralizing teeth. In addition, the ‘bad’ bacteria in your mouth love an acidic environment. It makes them multiply faster. Driving the pH back to neutral (pH 7) can help to slow them down.
3. Oral Irrigation – Many people are really unaware of the benefits of oral irrigation. This is despite the fact that there are many brands of irrigators out there. Not all brands are equal however. There is one in particular that has been studied and the results published in a peer reviewed journal. This irrigator uses a patented magnetic technology that appears to reduce the amount of plaque and tartar build up between office visits.
So, there you have it, three tips that can help you do a better job of improving your dental health from home. Don’t take my word for it though. Ask your dental professional and see what they say.
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