You’ve heard how important it is to brush twice a day and floss after each meal, perhaps at every dental appointment you’ve attended. At Westside Dental Center, we understand how tedious it can be to floss after each meal. Maintaining healthy gums and teeth has been linked to more than just dental health. Your overall health can benefit from good dental hygiene, as well. Dr. Uttma Dham in our Plantation, FL dental office stresses the importance of maintaining a healthy smile for many reasons, and he can answer your questions about dentistry as it pertains to health, wellness, and confidence. When those pearly whites are in good health, your confidence will increase, while your health risks decrease.
To learn more about good dental hygiene and proper brushing and flossing, schedule your appointment with Dr. Dham today. There’s no reason to go another day wondering if your mouth is healthy. Call 954-476-4535 today.
What is Gum Disease?
One of the main reasons we stress the importance of brushing and flossing is to reduce your risk of getting gum disease. When bacteria settle between your teeth, you may develop bad breath, bleeding when you brush your teeth, and gum sensitivity. Nobody wants these symptoms. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, begins as gingivitis, which literally means inflammation of the gums. This form of periodontal disease can present as red, swollen gums that bleed often. When the disease progresses, it turns into periodontitis, which is much harder to treat than gingivitis.
Can you guess the number one way to reduce your risk of gum disease? That’s right, proper brushing and flossing! It’s also beneficial to use an antibacterial mouthwash and a tongue scraper daily. It’s important to schedule your biannual dental checkups with Plantation, FL dentist Dr. Dham and attend regular dental cleanings. By combining all of these, you should maintain happy, healthy gums and teeth.
The presence of the bacteria that cause gum disease can lead to other health conditions that aren’t associated with dentistry. When harmful oral bacteria spread through your body, you’ll be at a higher risk for dementia, cardiovascular disease, diabetes complications, and respiratory infections. Along with these serious medical conditions, gum disease has also been linked to low birth weight, problems with pregnancy, and immune system deficiencies.
Bacteria thrive in dark, moist spaces such as your mouth. The link between dementia and gum disease seems far-fetched, but when the bacteria enter the bloodstream or nerve channels in your body, they can travel to the brain. This infection has been linked with the onset of dementia and in some cases, Alzheimer’s disease.
Similar to the link with dementia, when bacteria from gum disease travel through the bloodstream, they can reach your arteries. When this happens, arteries can begin to harden and blood flow can become blocked. These two factors often lead to heart attacks or strokes.
Diabetes can be a tricky condition to manage, but when there is a presence of harmful bacteria in the body, it can be even harder to regulate blood sugar levels. This is a dangerous cycle, because diabetes can lead to a higher risk of gum disease and gum disease can complicate diabetes.
Pneumonia can arise due to an infection in your lungs, caused by the gum disease bacteria. Long-term exposure of inhaling bad oral bacteria can lead to a number of respiratory infections.
The importance of dental hygiene extends far beyond a healthy smile. Let Dr. Dham in Plantation, FL educate you on proper brushing and flossing. Schedule your next dental exam and cleaning with our dental office today. Call 954-476-4535.