Posted on 1/25/2019 by Cassity & Legacy Implants and Periodontics
Vampires are not the only ones that fear the power of garlic. It does more than just make your breath smell bad. It may surprise you to learn that garlic is a tool in the fight against gum disease. There are many reasons that for gum disease to fear the power of garlic.
Understanding Gum Disease
There are several things that can cause gum disease. The most common cause is a buildup of plaque and tartar on the gums and teeth. This buildup allows bacteria to get into the teeth and gums. If the bacteria are not removed in some way, eventually a person will suffer from gum disease. Gum disease comes in different stages that get progressively worse. The best way to prevent gum disease is by making sure that the bacteria is removed regularly and there is no chance for it to build up.
Bring on the Garlic Garlic has antibacterial properties. Research has shown that these antibacterial properties can reduce the amount of bacteria in the teeth and gums that can lead to gum disease. If there are gaps between the teeth and gums that bacteria grow in, liquid garlic can seep into these pockets and can reduce the bacteria and slow down the progression of gum disease.
Garlic is also high in vitamin C and has antiseptic properties. These can help keep the entire body, including the teeth and gums healthier. The fact that garlic has been used to help with a variety of health issues for centuries is a testament to the power of healing it has.
Garlic will not prevent gum disease. The best way to do that is by following good oral health practices that include brushing, flossing and professional cleaning. Adding garlic provides one more layer of protection to help prevent the problems that gum disease creates.
If you want to learn more ways to improve your oral health, contact the dental professionals at our office today.
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