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Great Snacks for Healthy Gums
Having healthy gums takes work. It doesn't just miraculously happen simply because you want it to. The way you take care of your mouth and what you eat have a significant impact on just how healthy, or unhealthy, your gums really are. If you are carefully maintaining your gum health with thorough brushing and flossing, then it is important you eat the right foods to make sure you are doing everything possible to keep your gums really healthy.

Snack Items to Regularly Consume for Healthy Gums

Produce should be your go-to snack if you want to have healthy gums. While it may not always taste as good as the sweet or starchy snacks and treats, it is far better for your body. Fruits are a great alternative if you are looking for a sweet snack, especially if you buy fruits that are in season. Also, don't forget about adding more vegetables into your diet since eating raw leafy greens and celery will help your gums stay healthy.

Ideally, you want to eat your produce with the skin on since the skin contains fiber that is beneficial to your overall health. This skin is what pushes on your gums, stimulating them to hold tight to your teeth. Plus, it helps scrub off the plaque on your teeth with each bite you take.

Planning out your snacks ahead of time can help you get the healthiest mouth possible. Taking care of your gums and teeth can also help you keep your body healthier overall. To learn more about taking care of your gums, ask us at your next appointment!

Dogs Can Get Perio, Too!
Getting your dog to brush its teeth has always been problematic (some excuse about not having opposable thumbs). As a result, gum disease is a common problem which, as we all know, affects the whole body. Also, untreated perio disease can lead to tooth loss for your dog, hampering their eating. They will usually still eat, just not effectively. So care should be taken to prevent perio disease in your dog.

Brushing my three dogs' teeth is a royal pain so I get it done by the groomers or their vet. If you start brushing your dog's teeth when they are young it definitely trains them to tolerate it well (weird, same for kids!).

Another way to help prevent perio disease in your dog is to give them real bones to chew on. The natural act of gnawing on the bone helps to cleanse their teeth and stimulate their gums. We get cow bones weekly from the Butcher Shop in Eagle Point and they LOVE them.

Fun fact: dogs do not naturally get cavities! So when your dog is having to get teeth removed it's because of perio disease. They only way a dog gets a cavity is if he or she has corn in their diet, which they don't need and should be avoided.

We all love our four-legged family members and want them to live long happy lives, and taking care of their pearly whites plays a small but crucial role in that. So go grab them a cow bone to chew on, I'm sure you'll get a few slobbery kisses as a thank you. :)

- Jocelyn RDH

Oral Piercings Are Not Good for Your Teeth
Oral piercings give you the opportunity to express yourself in a unique way. However, they also have the opportunity to cause damage to your teeth. The more your oral piercing moves around in your mouth, the more chances there are for the piercing to hit your teeth. This can just tap your tooth and only cause a little moment of pain, or it can become a much bigger problem.

Oral piercings often cause cracks and chips to teeth when they come in contact. It may be difficult to tell if any damage was done to the teeth until the pain starts, especially if your piercing is on your tongue. Where the piercing rubs on your teeth it causes gum recession and bone loss. This puts the damage to your teeth on the inside of your teeth, making it hard for you to see it. You might notice your tooth feels a little loose, or you might not notice it at all. While some people may not experience tooth damage, it is important to know the potential risks if you are considering an oral piercing or currently have one. If you want more information about these risks feel free to give us a call! We are always happy to help.

Dr. Jake and his Team would love to hear from you! Got a question? We can help!

Jacob O. Layer DMD, PC | www.layerdental.com | 541-734-0970
1485 East McAndrews Rd., Medford, OR 97504



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