What You Need to Know to About How to Stop Gum Disease Before It Starts

  1. Be aware of your blood type.
  2. People with type O blood tend to get a more rapidly developing form of gingivitis. People with type AB blood have natural resistance to gingivitis.

  3. Don’t just brush your teeth. Be sure to floss every day.
  4. Even dentists, surveys tell us, tend to skip their flossing. The use of flossing, however, reaches the surfaces between your teeth that you can’t get with your brush. Wrap floss around the tooth and pull the floss from side to side. Don’t pull the floss up and down into your gums.

  5. Use a mouthwash formulated with essential oils for long-term gingivitis control.
  6. Most mouthwashes actually don’t fight gingivitis bacteria. A few that contain herbal essential oils, like Listerine, do. You get the most the benefit from mouthwash made with essential oils but without alcohol, because alcohol can dry out your gums and the lining of your mouth, creating tiny cracks in which germs can hide.

  7. Brush your tongue regularly.
  8. Many of the germs that can infect your gums stick to the back of your tongue. Although tongue brushing is not a common practice, it can control both gingivitis and bad breath and reduce cavities, colds, and even pneumonia.

  9. If you want to lose weight, count calories.
  10. Exercising more won’t help control gingivitis. Calorie-counting will, because of the reduction of food supplies to plaque bacteria. And you will also lose weight faster.

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  11. Keep allergies, especially nasal allergies, under control.
  12. Allergies that cause stuffy nose lead to breathing through the mouth, which dries out the mouth and gums, giving germs more places to hide.

  13. See to getting enough vitamin C.
  14. If you don’t get enough vitamin C, your gums can’t make the protein fibers that keep them attached to your teeth. No amount of brushing, flossing, scaling, and mouthwash will prevent or cure gingivitis if you are vitamin C-deficient. Just 100 milligrams a day, however, is enough to prevent scorbutic (scurvy-induced) gum disease.

  15. Add a drop of tea tree oil to your toothpaste once or twice a week.
  16. Herbal toothpastes usually aren’t as effective for preventing plaque as regular toothpastes. However, adding a drop of tea tree oil to your regular toothpaste (just one drop) will help kill plaque bacteria and the organisms that can cause necrotizing ulcerative periodontitis.

  17. Use a baking soda and peroxide toothpaste if you have diabetes.
  18. People who have diabetes tend to have a “sweet” environment in the mouth, encouraging the growth of acid-forming bacteria. The use of baking soda and peroxide toothpaste alkalizes the mouth and makes it less hospitable to bacteria that like acid environments.

  19. Relax with a warm cup of tea.
  20. The tannins in black, green, and herbal teas all protect the teeth and gums from plaque forming bacteria. Just don’t add sugar!

References:

Lane MA, Black A, Handy A, et al. Caloric restriction in primates. Ann NY Acad Sci. 2001;928:287-295.

Ozaki F, Pannuti CM, Imbronito AV, Pessotti W, Saraiva L, de Freitas NM, et al. Efficacy of a herbal tooth paste on patients with established gingivitis -a randomized controlled trial. Braz Oral Res 2006;20:172-7