Prevention of gum disease is the mission of periodontics in Greenwood, SC
Periodontics is derived from Greek περί peri “around”; and ὀδούς odous “tooth,” genitive ὀδόντος odontos, in other words, periodontics is the care of the structure that supports your teeth. This dental specialty is concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment diseases of the gums, bone, and periodontal ligament.
We believe that prevention is the best treatment of all for periodontal disease. How often and what you eat and drink are important factors in oral health and we would like to share a few tips on that subject:
Reduce the quantity and frequency of sugary foods and drinks; even fruit juices can cause enamel erosion. The instant you consume something, changes begin taking place in your mouth. Sugars in the foods you eat are converted to acids by the oral bacteria. Those acids can attack the tooth enamel and initiate the decay process, and the more frequently you snack, the more often your teeth are subjected to an acid attack. If you do consume sugary items, have them with meals, and brush carefully after the meal. If you snack, rinse your mouth thoroughly with plain water to dislodge trapped food particles.
Healthy food and drink
Mouth healthy choices include chicken or other lean meats, cheeses, milk, and nuts. These items are believed to protect the enamel on your teeth by providing the necessary phosphorous and calcium for tooth remineralization. This process replaces the minerals in the enamel that are lost to the acids. Fruits and vegetables that are firm and crunchy are high in water content and stimulate saliva flow, which buffers the acids and helps prevent decay. Additionally their texture helps remove dental plaque, which is at the root of periodontal disease. Your best drink choices are water, unsweetened tea, or milk. Artificial sweeteners may be used as they do not feed the bacteria that cause the acid.
Foods with a high sugar or acid content and those that stick to the teeth can be destructive to oral health. Dried fruits, bananas, raisins, fries, chips, pretzels, muffins, pies, cakes, cookies, and candy (especially hard candy) facilitate the buildup of harmful bacteria. Tomatoes and citrus fruits should be consumed with meals to minimize the damage from there high-acid foods.
As always, practice excellent oral hygiene and visit Dr. Christopher Griffin for regular checkups, and hygienist Teresa Williams for professional cleanings. A partnership between the three of us can ensure optimal oral health and help prevent periodontal disease. Call (864) 229-2610 today and schedule an appointment.