When I was a kid, I read a story about a man who develops a serious stomach ailment, the cause of which, he is somehow unable to pin point. He consulted many – from doctors, to relatives, to self-declared holy men – but, none of the suggested therapies or divine interventions had seemed to work. Frustrated, our man decides to get on with life and to visit his dentist. His epiphany occurred at the dentist’s chair. The dentist declares – “It’s Pyorrhea. It is usually accompanied with stomach complications.”
Gum problems, if left untreated, may become the cause of a serious health issue. So that you don’t find yourself facing unsavory revelations on your dentist’s chair, here is the list of 5 simple things you can employ to preserve the integrity of your gums.
1. Have Citrus Fruits
A humble lemon is all you need to keep your gums intact. Rich in Vitamin C, lemon is known to stop gum bleeding. It’s not for nothing that sailors of the yore used lemon to ward off the evil scourge of scurvy in high seas. Vitamin C is essential to the formation of Collagen – a critical component of blood vessels, skin, bones, tendons and teeth. A word of caution here, don’t brush immediately after savoring citrus fruits as it may erode the top layer of your teeth. This advice also applies to the entire category of acidic foods.
2. Use Honey
Honey has anti-microbial properties. Sounds counter-intuitive? To a certain degree your cynicism is justified because not all honey is created equal and some varieties of it are as good (read ‘bad’) as refined sugar. However, honey with higher anti-microbial essence is known to heal the wounds after a periodontal surgery. How do you use honey on teeth? Good question. Simple, rub it gently on your gums, leave it there for ten minutes to let the enzymes strut their stuff, and then rinse the mouth.
3. Flush them with saline water
After all that sweetness, a pinch of salt is all you need in a glass of water. Water with a pinch of salt reduces the inflammation of the gums and improves the circulation. This simple trick, practiced mornings and evenings, will keep gum problems at bay. As an alternative, one part of salt can also be mixed with six parts of baking soda. Place this mixture on the gums with wet index finger and rinse after 15 minutes. This radically reduces the bacterial population and prevent gum problems down the road.
4. Seek Professional Help for Dental Restoration
It is not unusual for a person over 35 years to lose a tooth or two to an accident or bad oral hygiene. It is also not unusual for them to go without the ‘missing’ teeth owing to huge costs of getting new ones. That does more harm than good, both to your remaining teeth and financial health. The gap left by the erstwhile tooth is a hotbed for bacterial infection. If the high-prices of dental treatment in your country are your main concern, you can consider dental tourism. US nationals are regularly crossing borders to get dental work in Los Algodones, Tijuana, Mexicali and other Mexican border cities.
Those who feel there might be quality and safety concerns in Mexico, travel father to get dental implants in Costa Rica, El Salvador, or other Latin American countries.
5. Change your Toothbrush Often
If your tooth brush has hard bristles and is older than three months, you are the biggest enemy of your gums. Get a toothbrush with soft bristles and brush your teeth in circular motions, making sure your gums also get some attention. It goes without saying that flossing daily also helps a great deal in massaging the tender inter-dental gums.
Although many people are now aware of the importance of proper dental hygiene, they usually concentrate their efforts on cleaning and polishing their teeth while the gums get ignored. It is important to realize that both the hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity need to be properly taken care of, if you want them to avoid rotting.