Tips To Help You Prevent Gum Disease, Tooth And Bone Loss And Improve Your Oral Health

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Keeping your oral health in its best condition can help improve your smile and your self confidence, and also help improve the overall health, as oral health can cause adverse health in other areas of your body. A good oral health regimen can help keep your teeth free of decay and gum disease, allowing you to prevent tooth loss, which can lead to bone loss in your jaw. Here are some tips and remedies you can use to help you improve these areas of your oral health and help you keep your teeth and jaw bones intact for the remainder of your life.

Keep Regular Dental Check-Ups 

Seeing your dentist regularly for a check-up and dental cleaning is a good way to help prevent problems from arising in your mouth. Some only consider seeing their dentist when they have pain in their mouth from a cavity or infection and receding gums leading to tooth loss. You can prevent the stages of oral decay and gum disease long before they are a problem by visiting your dentist regularly. 

Plaque builds up on your teeth each day, and if you don't brush it from your teeth, it can harden into tartar within 24 to 48 hours. Tartar formation on your teeth attracts bacteria, which can cause inflammation and recession of your gums and lead to gum disease and destruction of the bone that holds your teeth in place. Once tartar has formed on your teeth, your dentist will need to scrape it from your teeth, as it cannot be removed with your tooth brush.

Dental check-ups every six months, or more frequently depending on your health, can help prevent this build-up and other oral infection. If you have health conditions, such as diabetes, or you smoke, more frequent check-ups can be helpful to keep your health in top shape. Talk to your dentist about their recommendations for your check-up frequency.

Practice Oil Pulling

Along with brushing and flossing your teeth and gums on a regular basis to keep oral decay and gum disease at bay, you can also use a natural remedy to boost your oral health. This remedy uses coconut oil to clean your teeth and pull toxins from your mouth. Daily oil pulling with coconut oil can remove plaque from your teeth, remove oral bacteria responsible for cavities, eliminate gum inflammation, whiten your teeth, and even get rid of bad breath.

When you first wake up and before you eat or drink anything, take one to two teaspoons of coconut oil on your tongue. As soon as it melts in your mouth, swish it around for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, spit it into the trash, rinse your mouth with warm water, and brush your teeth. 

Seek Professional Dental Implants

If your dental health has already declined to a point where you have already been experiencing gum disease and tooth loss from the deterioration of your oral bone structure, you can and should should seek to replace any teeth that you have lost. Also have your dentist repair any teeth suffering from cavities to stop the decay and restore each tooth to its proper structure.

You can have dental implants installed within your jaw bone, which actually helps keep your jaw bone intact and reduces bone loss. Your teeth naturally help strengthen your jaw bone as your chewing puts pressure and creates stimulation upon your teeth and the connecting jaw bone. When the teeth are lost, that pressure and stimulation on the bone are eliminated and the bone actually begins to atrophy, leading to a loss in your facial structure.

Talk to your dentist about installing dental implants, which can be set into your jaw bone with metal, usually titanium, pins and will look and act as your natural teeth. Your jaw bone will fuse onto the titanium pin, as it is a biocompatable material, to become permanently attached together. The prosthetic crown, which appears as your new tooth is attached onto the titanium pin and is usually made of ceramic, which looks like a real tooth. Visit a site like to see more information on implants. 

Use these tips to help you prevent gum disease, tooth loss, and help keep your jaw bones intact.