Gum disease is the number one cause of adult tooth loss, which means if you want to protect your smile, you need to start with protecting your gums!
In honor of Gum Disease Awareness Month, Duffield Dentistry wants to help you make informed, healthy decisions about your smile!
3 Ways To Reduce Your Risk For Tooth Loss!
It takes effort to adopt new, healthier habits, but with a little help from your Royal Oak, MI dentist and tips from today’s blog, you’ll be able to stay focused on building a stronger smile!
Here are three ways to reduce your risk for gum disease, and ultimately, tooth loss:
*Say Goodbye To Smoking*
There isn’t much to say about this one that you don’t already know.
Smoking and other tobacco products contain toxic chemicals that not only lead to devastating health consequences, but it also doubles your risk for gum disease.
The best thing you can do for your smile, and your health, this year is to kick the smoking habit.
Studies have shown a strong connection between stress and a number of chronic systemic health problems. Poorly managed stress will physically manifest itself throughout your body, weakening your immunity to bacteria and making your mouth more susceptible to infection.
Although it’s tough, we can all benefit from finding healthy ways to cope with the daily stress in our lives.
Here are some tips to minimize stress in your own life:
*Do things you enjoy! It’s important to make time for yourself to pursue your own interests. Whether you want to escape reality with a good book or movie, or you just want a few minutes each morning to clear your mind with yoga poses and deep breathing exercises, find ways to give yourself a little TLC each day.
*Call a friend! When we’re working in constant overload, we tend to isolate ourselves from the rest of the world and focus on the tasks right in front of us.
But don’t forget that people who care about you are just a phone call away! Take a minute to reconnect with a friend or family member and talk through the things that may be causing you stress.
*Don’t spread yourself too thin! Remember that your first priority is yourself, so don’t feel like you have to say yes to every request that comes your way if all it’s going to do is add more stress to your daily life!
Don’t underestimate the value of a healthy diet when it comes to your smile!
Not only does your body need to be fueled with the proper vitamins and minerals, but your teeth need nutritious foods and plenty of water to be their strongest.
For one thing, your immune system should be in tip-top shape to fight off harmful bacteria, infection, and inflammation. It can only perform properly on your behalf with the right nutrition.
Another reason to eat well is because your teeth and jawbone are strengthened by the food you put into your body.
Working hand in hand, your immune system and strong bones will help you keep your teeth longer.
You can build a stronger smile starting today by including these foods into your daily diet:
*Fresh citrus fruit
*Spinach and broccoli
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With a nutritious diet, a commitment to living smoke-free, and a healthy way to manage stress, you’ll not only be feel more balanced, but you’ll stand a better chance of preventing gum disease and tooth loss.
Whether you need to restore your oral health with gum disease treatment or just maintain healthy teeth and gums, our team at Duffield Dentistry is here to help you every step of the way!