With 2017 just around the corner, it’s time to think about your New Year’s Resolutions. As you’re contemplating what to focus on, your dentist in Toledo wants to remind you to include your oral health. Emerging studies about periodontal health have shown that it is definitely linked with your overall health and well being. Here’s more information why you’ll want to consider your oral health, and tips on things you can do at home to improve it.
The Oral Systemic Connection
We now understand that periodontal disease can directly contribute to other serious health concerns such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and vice versa. The bacteria that causes gum disease can enter into your bloodstream, which contributes to the inflammation that causes these health issues. This is known as the oral systemic connection.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease is essentially an infection of the tissues and bone that support your teeth. It occurs when plaque buildup causes your gums to separate from your teeth, allowing harmful bacteria below the gum line.
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease in which you may notice that your gums are red, swollen, and bleed when you brush. If left untreated, periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease where the damage occurs. Did you know that periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults?
Tips to Improve Home Care
At Dental Group West, we understand that optimum oral health begins at home. Here are a few tips for improving your home care in 2017:
- Switch to an electric toothbrush – proper brushing technique is critical for plaque removal, and an electric brush will do the work for you.
- Add an antibacterial mouth rinse – consult with your dentist to determine the best one to give you added protection against the bacteria that causes gum disease.
- Don’t forget to floss – this removes plaque and food debris from in between your teeth, where you can also suffer from tooth decay.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables – they neutralize the acids in your mouth that can damage your teeth.
Between excellent home care and regular dental visits to Dental Group West, you’ll ensure that you maintain optimum oral health, and in turn overall health and well being. Have a Happy New Year, and don’t forget to schedule your next dental appointment.