Did you know your oral health can impact your general health and well being?
It’s not very nice to think about, but our mouths are full of germs. The bacteria can form plaque which causes tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Researchers have found that advanced gum disease (periodontitis) can cause tooth loss and is linked to other serious health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, pneumonia and diabetes.
Given this potential link, prevention of gum disease is an important step in maintaining overall health.
Brushing your teeth thoroughly, twice a day, helps to remove plaque. Flossing helps remove the plaque caught between your teeth.
A balanced diet, with limited snacks can also reduce your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease.
Make sure you have a regular dental check-up too. A professional clean at the dentist will help remove the hardened plaque (tartar) that you can’t remove with floss or a brush.
The following can be early signs of gum disease. Tell your dentist if you experience:
- bleeding, red, or swollen gums when you brush or floss
- persistent bad breath
- loose teeth
- a change in your bite or the fit of partial dentures
Your teeth need to last a lifetime, contact us to book an appointment.