Dental Care is very important because your gums and your teeth are directly connected to your blood stream and keeping up with your dental care should be your first line of protection for good health. Researchers have found what appears to be a connection between gum disease, stroke, diabetes and heart disease.
In the case of inflammatory gum disease it is the body’s response to the presence of bacteria and inflammation associated with dental plaque. This theory suggests that when the gums become inflamed and left unchecked, the infection from the gums is distributed throughout the body via the blood stream. Once in the blood stream, the infection can have an impact on other diseases occurring in the body.
Although, this relationship may exist, studies have not positively identified the reason how or why it occurs. The practice of oral hygiene is important because it prevents the build up of dental plaque. Plaque causes the two most common diseases found in the mouth, dental decay and gum disease.
Regular oral hygiene visits to the dentist are vital for keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy, and preventing potentially serious problems. Here are some suggestions to consider when it comes to your dental care:
- Visit the dentist twice a year. If you smoke, have gum disease or diabetes, consider more frequent visits.
- Brush your teeth after meals and snacks with an electric toothbrush if possible because it aids in removing plaque and massages the gums.
- Floss daily to remove plaque and reduce bacteria.
- Have a dialogue with your dental hygienist at your next cleaning on where you had the most build-up of plaque so you can focus more on those areas.
- Brush your tongue. It is highly recommended by dentists because bacteria hides in the bumpy surface of the tongue. The bacteria feeds on the remnants of food which is the main cause of bad breath or halitosis.
- Stay away from sugary drinks and treats. Sugar promotes the growth of plaque. Eat foods high in calcium and Vitamins C and D.
- Use mouth rinses that contain chlorhexidine, an anti-microbial agent, which aids in the removal of excess bacteria.
The control of plaque is the key to maintaining healthy gums and also overall good health. It is up to you to follow the golden rules of good oral care: regular visits to the dentist, reduce the amount of sugary foods you eat, brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily.
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