Practice Preventive Dentistry and you could be doing your heart, and the rest of your body a favor.
According to recent studies, scientists believe that there may be a direct link between heart disease, stroke, diabetes, immune disorders, and poor oral health. Alzheimer’s may also be linked to tooth decay and gum disease as patients with Alzheimer’s have a higher percentage of gum disease.
Brushing twice and flossing once each day can help your chances, but so can a healthy diet and regular checkups with your dentist.
The American Dental Association recommends that you see your dentist twice each year to help with Preventive Dentistry. Early detection is your best defense against dental caries, gum disease, and other problems that you may be having.
If you have old dental restorations, it would be a good idea to schedule an appointment with your dentist. Those tooth colored and silver amalgam fillings that you have had for years will not last forever and could cause additional problems. Cavities can develop under old dental restorations and are often impossible to detect yourself.
Your diet plays a huge role in Preventive Dentistry. Most people know that sugar can cause serious issues with your teeth and gums, but so can starchy and sticky foods.
Avoid potato chips, breads, cookies or any other starchy foods. If you must indulge, incorporate starchy foods with your meal and rinse with water after eating. Starchy foods will immediately turn to sugar and plaque.
Sticky foods like soft candies, caramels, and even dried fruit will remain on your teeth until you brush. Steer clear of sticky foods if possible.
Healthy foods to enjoy for teeth and gums include cheese, nuts, fresh vegetables, and some types of tea. In fact, celery is known as, “Natures,” tooth floss.
Preventive Dentistry starts at home, and if you are unsure of your current oral hygiene habits, schedule an appointment with your dentist who can help you come up with a good Preventive Dentistry program especially for you.