Inflammation of gum tissue is a precursor for developing full blown periodontitis, which can cause you to lose your teeth. If your dentist informs you that you’ve developed early symptoms of gingivitis, it may be possible to reverse some of the damage to reverse or heal gum disease.
How to Reverse or Heal Gum Disease
Gum disease develops when bacteria builds up in your mouth, causing plaque to develop and resulting in inflammation. While some risk factors are out of your control (family history, hormonal fluctuations, chronic illness and medications), the major risk factors are controllable and can help reverse or heal gum disease before permanent damage is done.
- Change your diet – Inflammation can be reduced when your immune system is working at its best. This means avoiding unhealthy, sugary, processed foods and opting for those nutritionally dense, whole foods that give your body the building blocks for optimal immune system functioning.
- Find ways to better manage stress – For the same reason as nutrition, managing stress better will take a load off of your immune system so that it can do its job to repair the inflammation and fight the bacteria that caused gingivitis to develop in the first place.
- Stop smoking – Smoking increases your gum disease risk factors seven-fold. Choosing to quit smoking can greatly increase your chances of successful treatment for gingivitis.
- Use a mouth guard – If you have a problem with grinding or clenching your teeth, consider a mouth guard to reduce excess force on the inflamed tissues and structure.
- Be consistent – Improving your routine oral health routine can help reduce plaque build-up which leads to gingivitis, along with regular cleanings by your dentist.
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