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Guard Against Gum Disease

Healthy GumsMore than half of adult Americans have gum disease. Poor nutrition caused much of it, with neglect contributing a share.

Gum disease has been linked to heart disease. Doctors suggest that bacteria from diseased gums moves into the blood and then to the heart, causing heart attacks and stroke.

The saliva of people with gum disease doesn’t have the antioxidant effectiveness of healthy people, inhibiting the body’s ability to ward off inflammation.

Other gum disease risks may include rheumatoid arthritis, low-birth-weight and premature births, and respiratory infections. Seniors with sore gums have a higher rate of chronic illness.

You’re ahead if you are already flossing regularly and brushing properly with a soft-bristle brush. You’re in even better shape if you’re avoiding sugary snacks and increasing your intake of fresh (and frequently raw) fruits and vegetables.

On that strong foundation, build better gums with these tips:

  1. Chew your food well.
  2. Carry sugarless gum for those occasions when you can’t brush. It’ll produce saliva to help carry away food particles from your teeth.
  3. Consider vitamin and mineral supplements. Vitamins A, B-6, C and D and folic acid are thought to be especially effective in preventing gum disease, as are calcium, magnesium, Omega-3 and green tea supplements.

About Binu Thomas, DDS

As the head of a boutique, patient focused practice in the heart of Orangevale, Dr. Binu Thomas has been practicing general dentistry for over 20 years. He graduated in the top of his class at dental school, and took advanced training in preventative pediatric dentistry. Over the years, he has trained under some of the best known cosmetic dentists in the nation. He has further advanced his skills and knowledge in endodontics (root canal), cosmetic dentistry, and oral surgery. His efficient, attentive services lead patients to feel well cared-for, no matter their dental needs. His professional team will show you the respect and attention you deserve from the moment you schedule your first appointment. Dr. Thomas has been married for over 20 years to his beautiful wife Aveena, and they have two wonderful children, Joshua and Ariyana. Dr. Thomas is very involved in his community and helps out at the local church, food closet and more.

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