When you practice good dental hygiene as outlined below, you are protecting more than your teeth.
- Eat a balanced diet and limit snacks
This may reduce your risk of cavities, gingivitis, and periodontitis as well as helping you build a strong body.
- Brush thoroughly at least twice per day and floss at least once per day
When you prevent plaque from building up, you prevent inflammation and chronic infection. Both of these can play havoc with pre-existing conditions like diabetes and other auto-immune disorders as well your gums, your cardiovascular system, and bones that may be at risk for osteoporosis.
- Do not smoke
Not only will you have whiter teeth and fresher breath, but you will also cut down your risk for periodontal disease, loss of your teeth, and cancer.
- Get regular dental checkups
Professional cleanings are the only way to completely remove the tartar which traps plaque at the gum line. It is this plaque that leads to inflammation and gum disease. Gum disease can make it more difficult for diabetics to control their blood sugar and it may also adversely affect those with heart murmurs.
- Monitor gingivitis, gum disease, and periodontitis
Gingivitis is reversible, which is good news because studies show oral bacteria can be linked to heart disease, arterial blockages, and stroke. Pregnant women who prevent gum disease may also decrease the risk of having a low-birthweight child or a premature birth. Those with diabetes increase their blood sugar control as they decrease their risk of gum disease.
Let us help you establish a preventative care routine for you or your family at your next visit.