Introduction:Periodontal diseases are caused by bacterial infections that attack the gums, ligaments, and bone. Although the body has some natural defenses that resist bacterial attacks, these may not fully protect gum and bone tissues from inflammation and infection.
Brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. This removes plaque from the outer, inner and chewing surfaces of the teeth. Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush and replace it every three to four months.
Carefully clean between teeth with dental floss or other interdental cleansers to remove plaque from areas your toothbrush can't reach. It takes only a few minutes each day.
Eating healthy has many overall benefits to your health. For your teeth, eat fiber-rich raw foods, which massage the gums and cleans your teeth. Raw foods also help to increase salivation, which reduces acids in your mouth.
It goes without saying that you should watch your intake of sugary candies and foods, and to brush soon after you eat an excessive amount of sugar. However, you should also brush (or atleast rinse your mouth with water) after eating citrus fruits, or drinking citrus juices, as these contain acids that weaken tooth enamel.
Dentist recommend a routine dental cleaning every six months. These cleanings are virtually painless, and take only a small amount of time. Regular dental check-ups are a good way to ensure early detection of any more serious dental problems.
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