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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 William J. Black, DDS

William Black earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Davis in 1988. He then went on to the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry, where he graduated in 1992. Following dental school, Dr. Black served in the Untied States Navy for 3 years as a dentist. He then settled in the Sacramento area where he opened his practice in 1996. Dr. Black is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), California Dental Association (CDA), Sacramento District Dental Society (SDDS), Academy of General Dentistry, and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). He is currently pursuing Mastership with the Academy of General Dentistry and accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

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