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Healthy Gums, Healthy Heart!

January 3, 2017

Did you know that a healthy mouth goes hand in hand with a healthy body?

Decayed teeth and red, puffy gums not only attribute to bad breath and affect self-esteem, the bacteria involved in causing decay and gum disease is directly related to cardiovascular problems such as heart disease. Diabetes, premature birth, and strokes.

The mouth is a window into the health of our bodies. We can often determine that a person is having health issues based upon the appearance of his/her gums. Diabetes for example, when uncontrolled attacks the gum and bones in the form of periodontal disease. When examining a patient, we can see when diabetes is out of control based upon the appearance of the gums.
Practicing good oral hygiene every day is the first step. Brush and floss twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste, use a good antibacterial mouth rinse/ or the mouth rinse recommended by your dentist, eat healthy, avoid tobacco products, and schedule regular checkups and dental cleanings.

Keep in mind that just because nothing hurts in the mouth doesn’t mean that nothing is going on. If you note bad breath, sensitivity or zingers, or bleeding gums, something is going on. Don’t wait until pain starts! Often with early treatment issues can be cleared up easily and inexpensively. By maintaining regular checkups, your dental professionals can assist you in maintaining optimal dental health.

Until next time,

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