Your mouth plays a very important role in the health of your whole body. The health of your mouth can impact your overall health and untreated periodontal disease has been linked to serious health complications like stroke, heart disease, uncontrolled diabetes, memory loss, and premature birth. As bacteria grows and spreads in your mouth, it can also enter your blood stream and affect all parts of your body. This is why we encourage regular visits to our office for dental hygiene check-ups. Regular cleanings can help remove harmful plaque and tartar and allows us to catch early signs of periodontal disease before they have a chance to threaten your teeth or your life.
How Can I Keep My Mouth and Gums Healthy?
Keeping your mouth and gums healthy beings with good home care. This means regularly brushing and flossing your teeth, ideally after each meal. Food particles that are not regularly removed can cause tooth decay, periodontal disease and bad breath. However, even the most diligent brushing and flossing will not remove all food particles which is why regular visits to our office for dental cleanings is so vital to your oral health. During your cleaning, your dental hygienist will remove left over plaque and tartar and identify any areas of concern including tooth decay and gum disease. Catching these issues early can mean a less invasive or expensive treatment.
Do You Have Tips For Good Home Care?
In between visits to the dentist, you can practice the following home care techniques to help prevent serious damage to your teeth and gums. These tips include:
- Brush and floss your teeth at least twice daily
- Use dental products that include fluoride, such as toothpaste
- Rinse your mouth using a fluoride mouthwash if advised by your dentist
- Make sure children under 12 drink fluorinated water or take a fluoride supplement if they live in a non-flouridated area
- Brush your teeth at a 45 degree angle against the gumline
- Be sure to brush not only your teeth but also your tongue