Inflammation has been associated with a wide range of health problems throughout the body. When tissues are inflamed, they are more prone to be damaged and to break down in situations where they might otherwise remain strong. Significant inflammation can also contribute to a higher presence of stress hormones and other metabolic waste chemicals.

And where are you most likely to encounter inflammation on a day-to-day basis? Your gums!

Dr. Dale Brant, of Ingenious Dentistry, says, “Periodontal disease is the biggest culprit of inflammation in a person’s mouth. If left untreated it can lead to heart disease along with other severe medical problems.”

Reducing inflammation in your gums and mouth is one of the best things you can do for your overall health. In fact, research has shown that people who have healthy teeth and gums are often healthier overall.

How to Reduce Inflammation in Your Mouth: Easy Steps You Can Take Right Away

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The best and most effective way to reduce mouth inflammation is to brush and floss every day.

Dr. Brant notes, “Inflammation of the gums is usually caused by neglect – not brushing and flossing properly and failing to see the dentist on a regular basis”

Inflammation can occur between teeth when food particles and plaque are not dislodged on a regularly. This contributes to the overall physiological load of total inflammation.

If you are prone to inflammation in the mouth, you should consider strategies that will help you between brushings. Using antibacterial mouthwash during the day can help you reduce harmful bacteria lurking within your mouth even if you can’t get to your toothbrush right away.

Your mouth also has its own defense mechanisms that you can contribute to. One of the most effective of these is your own natural saliva production. Saliva helps regulate the pH balance of your mouth, eliminating many harmful agents. Chewing sugarless gum helps saliva production.

Certain foods may also help:

  • Tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries

In general, many of the foods that produce inflammation are the ones most people already know are unhealthy. These include things like French fries, soda, margarine, white bread and pastries. If you cut back on some or all of these, it can have a near-immediate positive effect.

Do You Have Severely Inflamed Gums? It’s Time to Visit the Dentist!

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If you have severely inflamed gums, it’s important to see a dentist as soon as you can.

Dr. Brant says, “If you do not have one come and see us. We will diagnose your problem and recommend appropriate treatment to remove the inflammation from your mouth.”

At Ingenious Dentistry, we help you combat gum inflammation by ensuring that it never develops into severe gum disease. By getting a dental checkup and professional cleaning at least once a year, you can control inflammation in your mouth and ensure optimal overall health.

“Numerous studies have shown the strong connection between oral health and a person’s overall health and well-being,” says Dr. Brant. “If you are experiencing inflamed gums, I invite you to visit Ingenious Dentistry for treatment. We can reduce the inflammation to provide comfort and put you on the path to a healthier body.”

As a rule, the less inflammation you experience, the better off you are. Contact Ingenious Dentistry today.