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Ticker, Teeth, and Gums, OH MY!

6-13-16

healthy-teeth-for-healthy-heart-849x480How many times has your dental professional asked you if you floss your teeth? Every time you go, right?

Did you know that healthy gums can keep your heart healthy?

The mouth is a gateway into the body. Bacteria can be found readily in the oral cavity. Once the bacteria penetrate into the blood stream via the tissue, it is then circulated throughout the body. This is why it is so vital to have healthy pink gums that do not bleed!

The American Academy of Periodontology stated that half of all people over 55 have gum disease. Staying on top of your oral hygiene care is the key to keeping gum disease under control in your mouth.

Although patients don’t usually experience pain with gum disease, there are symptoms that you can watch for including bad breath, sour taste in mouth, bleeding and swollen gums, sensitive teeth, and loose teeth. Factors that can contribute to gum disease include smoking, excessive alcohol use, and stress.

The bottom line is, you cannot be healthy with an unhealthy mouth so get out that floss and toothbrush. Use an ADA recommended toothpaste 2 x a day, floss, and rinse with an antimicrobial rinse.

Until next time,

Keep smiling, sharing, and caring!

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