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Good Oral Hygiene is Important For Overall Health

Oral Health Basics

It may seem elementary to spend valuable time reviewing information about how to brush and floss, however a surprising number of adults do not devote enough time to proper oral care.  Let’s start by checking out the link below.  Click on the button below, there’s a short video we’d like you to watch.

 

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Good oral hygiene is important for the prevention of gum disease and other serious problems.

Gum disease

The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis.  This is the only stage that is reversible. However, if not treated, gingivitis may lead to a more serious, destructive form of gum disease called periodontitis.

While sensitive or bleeding gums can be a sign of growing problem, it is possible to have gum disease and have no warning signs whatsoever.  That is one reason why regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are so important. Good oral hygiene at home is essential to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or recurring.

Periodontal Disease and Overall Health

Research has shown that periodontal disease is associated with several other diseases. For a long time it was thought that bacteria was the factor that linked periodontal disease to other disease in the body; however, more recent research demonstrates that inflammation may be responsible for the association.

Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke

Diabetic patients are more likely to develop periodontal disease, which in turn can increase blood sugar and diabetic complications.  Several studies have shown that periodontal disease is associated with an increased risk of heart disease and stroke as well.  If you have high blood pressure, your gums may also be affected.  All of these conditions can have a profound impact on your oral health, and your oral health can have a profound impact on the rest of your body.

 

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