Most people don’t realize that our oral hygiene affects not only the health of our teeth but also our overall general health. Oral hygiene has a direct affect on a variety of health problems. Most of us are aware that bad oral hygiene causes gum disease, but few of us realize its medical consequences that go far beyond our mouths, such as susceptibility to infection and increased risk of heart disease, to name a few. Maintaining a schedule of regular dental checkups and cleanings can go a long way in helping to prevent potential dental and medical concerns in the future.
Here’s a sad and surprising statistic: every hour of every day, in the United States, someone dies from oral cancer. Surely this is reason enough to have your local dental professional take a peek at your pearly whites at least once a year! Your dentist and hygienist can detect early signs of problems with your teeth or gum, preventing more serious and costly problems in the future.
A leading cause of adult tooth loss is gum disease, which also can be treated and reversed if caught early. In addition to flossing and brushing twice a day, regular dental cleanings are a key factor in preventing gum disease. Poor dental hygiene leads to gum disease, which has been linked to heart attacks and strokes, and is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
By visual examinations, comparing with your previous dental checkups, x-rays and regular cleanings, your dental health care professionals will help you in developing a regular habit of good oral hygiene. You can be assured that you will leave your checkup and cleaning with sweeter breath, a brighter smile and peace of mind!
Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott
Gingivitis is a type of gum disease (or periodontal disease) caused by the normal bacteria found in the mouth. Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease and also the most easily treated. However, if left untreated, gingivitis can develop into much more serious gum disease that can ultimately result in the loss of the patient’s teeth.
The mouth is full of naturally occurring bacteria. These bacteria collect on our teeth and form a sticky substance called plaque. Brushing our teeth and flossing helps to remove plaque, but any plaque that is not removed will harden into tartar that cannot be removed by brushing. Tartar can be removed only by a professional dental cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist.
The bacteria in plaque and tartar can irritate the gums, especially if the tartar and plaque are below the gum line, causing the gums to be sore, red, and inflamed. This inflammation is called gingivitis. The classic symptoms of gingivitis include red, irritated gums that may bleed easily during brushing. Bad breath is sometimes associated with gingivitis.
Although anyone can get gingivitis, smokers are more likely to develop the disease. Other factors that increase the risk of gingivitis include diabetes and diseases or medications that compromise or suppress the immune system.
Gingivitis can usually be treated by a professional dental cleaning. Gingivitis that is not treated promptly will often develop into much more serious gum disease. Gingivitis can be prevented by following good oral health habits including regular dental cleanings and checkups, brushing and flossing, and avoiding tobacco products.
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