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3 Ways To Prevent Gum Disease Now! [BLOG]

Restorative Dentistry 1 in Jeffersonville, IN by Dr. Michael Kirchner, Kirchner Dental

At Kirchner Dental, we do all we can to support you in the fight against gum disease. That means taking our time with you during cleanings and exams and answering all your questions about your oral health.

We know that knowledge is power, and our highly-trained hygienists, along with our experienced dentists, want to give you the tools you need to keep your mouth healthy.

In the spirit of raising awareness about gum disease this month, we’re giving you three positive changes you can begin making today to lower your risk for this dangerous infection!

1 – Reduce Stress In Your Life

Nearly 80% of systemic health problems can be traced back to chronic stress. It often takes people by surprise to discover that poorly-managed stress will manifest itself in your body one way or another.

That’s why it’s so important to give yourself permission to say no to things that will only add to your level of stress, to take time for yourself each day, and keep your stress to a minimum.

All of us suffer the effects of our fast-paced, hectic life. As you face the daily grind, think of ways you can cope with stress in healthy ways to reduce your risk of gum disease and many other chronic health problems.

2 – Eat Immunity-Boosting Foods

A diet high in saturated fats, highly-processed, sugary foods isn’t just bad for your teeth. It significantly weakens your immunity.

Because gum disease is a bacterial infection, you need your immune system to be stronger than ever so your body can fight against it.

Strengthen your body’s natural defenses with nutritious, whole foods that boost your immune system:

-Dark, leafy greens

-Sweet potatoes

-Milk, yogurt, and cheese

-Almonds and other nuts

-Bright vegetables like bell peppers

-Fresh citrus

-Garlic

3 – Throw Away Tobacco Products

Tobacco users are significantly more at risk for oral health issues, including gum disease. In fact, if you smoke or chew tobacco, you’re risk is twice as high.

This has to do with how tobacco compromises your immune system and your body’s ability to produce saliva, both of which are essential to protecting and strengthening your teeth and gums.

Make Small, Manageable Changes

You know that anything in life worth having is going to take hard work and dedication. This is just as true for your health.

We know it’s tough, but you can set yourself up for success by setting small, manageable goals day by day, week by week, so that one day, taking better care of your teeth and gums will be second nature.

Put a plan in place to make your transition to a new, healthier lifestyle easier.

Start by taking inventory of your pantry. Throw out all the tempting, sugar-packed, processed foods so you don’t reach for them in a weak moment.

Stock your kitchen with fresh fruits and vegetables. Install an app on your phone to track your diet. Do what you can to make each victory, no matter how small, visible to you.

Don’t try to kick your addiction to cigarettes cold turkey if you don’t think you’re ready. Consult your family physician about medical intervention and smoking cessation strategies.

And start reducing stress in your life by setting aside just fifteen minutes a day to sit quietly and practicing deep breathing or stretching.

Schedule Gum Disease Treatment!

We know that change isn’t always easy, especially when it comes to your health.

It’s hard to break bad habits and begin new, healthier ones, even when you know it’s in your best interest.

The good news is that you have Dr. Kirchner and our team at Kirchner Dental to support you every step of the way.

We offer a comprehensive plan to restore your oral health with gum disease treatment, send you home with the tools you need to continue the right care at home, and closely monitor your progress.

Eventually, you can live a healthier, happier life free from the devastating infection of gum disease.

Together, we can do this! Call our Jeffersonville, IN dental office today at 812-913-6093 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment.