Gum Disease Preventable With Proper Oral Hygiene, Healthy Diet, Regular Dental Visits.

Gum Disease Preventable With Proper Oral Hygiene, Healthy Diet, Regular Dental Visits.

The Fort Campbell (KY) Courier (4/3, Young) reports that many basic daily activities, such as speaking, smiling, chewing and even smelling “are dependent on having good oral health,” which in turn can be ensured through proper oral hygiene. The article goes on to focus on gum disease specifically, noting that over time gum irritation “can progress until the gums detach themselves from the teeth, forming pockets,” eventually leading to tooth and bone loss. Proper oral hygiene, including brushing twice daily and flossing daily, visiting the dentist regularly, and avoiding tobacco products are the best way to help prevent gum disease. Additionally, “a poor diet that is low in vitamin C, calcium, vitamin D or magnesium can compromise gum tissue’s ability to heal and can speed up bone loss,” the article reports.

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