The notion of “If nothing hurts, then nothing is wrong” is long gone when it comes to oral health. As the American population is becoming more aware, the bacteria in your mouth affects far more than causing cavities.
Your 6-month dental hygiene exams and cleanings are designed to help minimize oral bacteria. When not sufficiently removed on a daily basis, the buildup forms into plaque, which develops a cement-hard haven for bacteria known as calculus.
This bacteria buildup makes you susceptible to cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. However, oral bacteria can also enter the bloodstream through tears in tender gum tissues. Oral bacteria can trigger inflammatory reactions elsewhere in the body, some contributing to deadly diseases.
Years of research and numerous studies have shown that inflammation from oral bacteria is linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, preterm babies and even impotency.
Obviously, oral bacteria is not to be taken lightly. If it is capable of such destruction OUT of the mouth, its presence in your mouth should be of dire concern. Tender gums that bleed when brushing, persistent bad breath and gums that are red in color rather than a healthy pink are all signs of gum disease. Early treatment is less expensive and time-consuming than gum disease that has progressed past gingivitis.
Your smile plays a major role in your facial appearance. It also reveals your overall commitment to good hygiene and a healthy body. Let your smile look as good as it feels while being a positive part of your overall health. Call 1-866-9-Smiles if you are behind on your dental hygiene visits. Here, we are a no-lecture zone!