May 27, 2019
  
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In this issue of our newsletter:

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body

Making the Connection

ADA American Dental Association

Taking good care of your teeth and gums isn’t just being preventing cavities or bad breath. The mouth is a window into the health of the body. It can show if you are not eating foods that are best for you or signal that you may be at risk for a disease. Diseases that affect the entire body (such as diabetes), may first be noticed because of mouth sores or other oral problems.

The mouth is filled with countless bacteria, some linked to tooth decay and periodontal(gum)disease. Periodontal disease may be connected with diabetes and cardiovascular disease ( heart disease and stroke). A link between these systemic (whole body) conditions and periodontal disease  does not mean that one condition causes the other,  however.

 Exploring Possible Links

Disease like diabetes, blood disorders, HIV infections and AIDS lower the body’s resistance to infection, making periodontal inflammation from periodontal with heart disease, artery blockages and stroke

 People with diabetes often have periodontal disease. And diabetics are more likely to develop and have more server peridontist than non-diabetics. Some studies suggest peridontist can make it more difficult for diabetics to control there blood sugar.

Although peridontist may relate to these health concerns, their does not mean that one condition concerns the other. But it is known that diabetic and smokers are at increased risk for developing periodontal disease .Researchers are still looking at what happens when peridontist is treated in individuals with these various health problems.

Effects of Periodontal Diseases:

 

What you can do

Since gum disease and other health problems may be linked, keeping your teeth and gums healthy is very important.

  • Brush your teeth well twice a day. Floss or use another between-the-tooth cleaner once a day. Consider also using and anti-microbial ( germ-fighting) mouth rinse every day.
  • Choose Dental products with American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance.

This is an important symbol of a dental products safety and effectiveness. The ADA seal tells you the product is not only safe, it also does what it claims to do.

  • Schedule regular dental checkups. Professional cleanings are the only way to remove tartar, which traps plaque bacteria along or below the gum line.
  • Tell your dentist about changes in your overall health, particularly any recent illness or ongoing conditions .Provide an updated healthy history including medication use- both prescription and non –prescription products/ if you use tobacco, talk to your dentist about options for quitting.
  • If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, pay close attention to your teeth and gums. That’s because pregnancy- and the changing hormone levels that occur with it can increase some dental problems. Taking good care of your oral health is important for you and your baby.

(For more information about oral health, visit www.ada.org)

 

Peridontist diseases: what you should know

Periodontal Disease is an on going inflammation cause by bacteria that live in plaque (rhymes with back) plaque is the sticky colorless film that constantly forms on the teeth and tissues in the mouth, The bacteria in plaque produce toxins that irritate the gums. Plaque that remains on teeth can irritate the gums, making them red, tender and likely to bleed. This condition is called gingivitis, and it can lead to more serious types of periodontal disease.

Gingivitis can be reversed if you remove plaque by having your teeth cleaned regularly In the dental office and by brushing and flossing well everyday.

If you do not get rid of gingivitis, it can turn into periodontitis, a lasting infection in the gum pockets and around the teeth. The inflammation caused by periodontitis is not always painful, but it can damage the attachment of the gums and bone to the teeth. At this stage, treatment, teeth may become loose or fall out or require removal by a dentist.

If you notice these signs, see your dentist:

  • Gums that bleed during brushing and flossing
  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Bad breath that doesn’t go away
  • Pus between your teeth and gums
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • A change in the fit of partial dentures.

 

For your better health!

Tuckerton Dental

 

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