As many as 56-percent of men and 38-percent of women have gum disease today. If you have just been told by your dentist that you are beginning to develop it, then use this information wisely to help you reverse it before you suffer from the irreversible damage it can cause in its advanced stages. Along with following dental hygiene advice that your dentist has given you, here are three lifestyle changes you can make to get your oral health back on track.
1. Make Sleep A Priority
Getting enough sleep is vital to keep your immune system functioning at its best, and your gums will heal faster when your immune system is running on full-gear.
Why? Bacterial infection plays a large role in gum disease, which is why some dentists prescribe antibiotics when gum disease first develops to help kill this bacteria. Wen you are asleep, your body releases proteins called cytokines. These proteins serve many functions, but one important duty of these cells is to signal your immune system to send healing cells to infected or inflamed areas of your body, including your gums.
Make sure to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night to help reverse gum disease faster.
2. Amp Up Your Antioxidant Intake
Diseased gums also suffer from inflammation, and sleeping well also helps battle some of this inflammation. However, another great way to help fight off inflammation in your gums is to increase the amount of antioxidant-rich foods you consume daily.
While you likely know that many fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants (and you should eat fruits and vegetables daily for your general health), there are also other great sources that are even easier to consume daily and you may love the taste of, even if you are not fond of eating too much produce.
One great source is cinnamon, and an easy way to incorporate it into your diet is to sprinkle a bit into your morning coffee, a bowl of oatmeal, or even onto low-fat pudding. Turmeric and ginger are two other antioxidant-packed foods, and ginger actually contains 50 different types of antioxidants. You can sprinkle turmeric onto any savory food you eat, and ginger works well with both savory and sweet dishes.
Also, if you enjoy pasta, then eat it with plenty of tomato sauce, which is very rich in an antioxidant called lycopene.
If your dentist just told you that you are beginning to develop gum disease, then take every step you can to control it before it becomes irreversible in its later stages. Visiting your dentist regularly and follow his or her oral-hygiene instructions is important along with making these lifestyle changes to help your gums heal faster.