08 Jun How Oral Health Affects Overall Health
When Ben Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” he could have been referring to the practice of good oral health. The benefits of dental hygiene are not isolated to the mouth. Dentists and medical researchers have proven a direct link between good oral health and a healthy body.
Preventing Periodontal Disease
Strong teeth are supported by healthy bone and gum tissue. Not only can periodontal disease, an infection of tissues that surround a tooth, weaken and even destroy these structures, it can lead to other diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
In order to prevent periodontal disease, practice proper brushing with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day and schedule professional dental cleanings every six months.
Determining the Root Cause of Halitosis
Halitosis, or bad breath, has numerous causes. It can be a telltale sign of a sinus infection, chronic acid reflux, lung cancer, liver disease, kidney failure and H Pylori infection (a condition marked by ulcers and digestive issues), among others.
It is estimated that 35 – 45 percent of the population suffers from halitosis. Don’t ignore seemingly minor symptoms in your mouth like discoloration, decreased saliva production, odor, etc. Get a diagnosis from a dental professional.
Detecting Dental Caries
Bacterial plaque and lack of dental care are the main causes of dental caries or tooth decay. Plaque contains various microorganisms that appear on teeth, the gum line, in tiny cracks and pits. Regular brushing removes the majority of plaque. Over a period of time, plaque can calcify and become calculus or tartar. The removal of these deposits requires a professional dental cleaning. Left untreated, tooth decay can lead to toothache, periodontal disease and eventually, tooth loss.
Invest in an electric toothbrush or choose a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles. Use floss daily, preferably at bed time, to remove food particles and plaque.
Be honest with your dentist about your dental hygiene. Inform your provider about any minor or major changes in your medical condition. Work as a team to take proactive steps towards good oral and overall health.
If it’s time to schedule your next exam and cleaning, contact Friendly Dental Care at 740-687-6105.