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Does Eating Meat, Drinking Alcohol or Coffee Cause Gingivitis?

Question: I am wondering. I have battled Gingivitis most of my life.

I do drink alcohol, eat red meat and drink coffee. Do you think this is all my problem?

The mouthwash I use does nothing. The Dr just put me on penicillin.

But are my bad habits a problem? Thanks for your time! – Heather

Answer: Thanks for your question.

When it comes to gum disease or gingivitis I don’t really see eating meat and drinking coffee as the real problem.

Alcohol could conceivably dry out the mucous membranes of your mouth, making it harder to fight the germs that cause gingivitis and even bad breath.

The mouthwash you mentioned contains a lot of alcohol. Yet, even though you drink alcohol, it most likely is not the root of your problem.

This is the mouthwash I prefer because it contains an oxygenated compound. This compound is good for fighting the bacteria that cause gingivitis and bad breath.

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If you prefer, your dentist may be willing to have you use a chlorhexidine mouthwash. However, this will stain your teeth over time. But if you use it for a week or two it should have a major positive impact on your gum health. The stains will probably come off at your next dental cleaning. Chlorhexidine is only available by prescription.

Despite all of this, my guess is that you may need to do a better job at home care. You did not mention if you were brushing or flossing on a regular basis. You should be if you are not. However, it is my belief that even brushing and flossing are not enough for most people. But you should still do them because they help a lot and are very important.

In addition, ask your dentist or periodontist for a tool called a Perio-Aid and instructions on how to use it. This should help even more.

I also use the hydrofloss and the mouthwash mentioned previously, which is also available in this kit. I also carry a bottle of this essential oil blend around with me. I use the toothpaste included in the above kit daily.

I mention these items and offer more information about gingivitis and gum disease in my book, What You Should Know about Gum Disease. I wrote this book out of total frustration after realizing that my own dentist was not giving me all the information I needed to fight gum disease.

Another thing I can suggest is going to a periodontist. They have far more knowledge and can help you a great deal more when it comes to the health of your gums than a regular dentist. This is because periodontists specialize in this area.

I have also come to believe that it is best to have the teeth professionally cleaned once every three months at the minimum. I prefer every two months for myself. Most periodontists will tell you that this is helpful in maintaining the health of your gums. Six months is entirely too long to wait for most people.

Warm Regards,

Author: What You Should Know about Gum Disease

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Note: This information is for entertainment purposes only and should not be taken or used as advice for dental health. If you have or think you might have any oral health problem, including gum disease or gingivitis, visit your periodontist for diagnosis and treatment. The FDA has not evaluated the statements about any products on this page. If you have other health problems, visit you doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

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