May 2, 2017
Your toothbrush defeats the seatbelt when it comes to saving lives. Yeah, you read that right! It’s a fact that by “buckling up” you reduce your chances of dying in a car crash by 45%, but the reality is that a seatbelt may not ever have the chance (hopefully) to have to save your life from a threatening car accident.
On the other hand, 80% of Americans suffer from periodontal disease (advanced gum disease). Your dentist in Washington, D.C. has probably told you that periodontal disease is the number 1 reason for tooth loss, but that’s the least of your worries. Periodontal disease places patients at serious risk of developing life-threatening health conditions like heart disease, susceptibilities to strokes, and various forms of cancer.
So, you tell us, which seems to be more of a life-saver? Seatbelts or your toothbrush that can be used daily to eliminate the chance of developing periodontal disease altogether?
The idea that your oral health effects your systematic health isn’t a newly found theory. Studies have been being conducted since even the earliest findings of Hippocrates in 400 B.C. He reported that a patient was cured of arthritis after extracting a damaged, painful tooth.
Since then, studies have developed and lead dentists and physicians alike to a concluding point: periodontal disease is an infection and chronic inflammatory condition. Just like any other inflammatory diseases, the results can spread widely—and fast. It becomes incredibly too easy for harmful bacteria and toxins to enter the bloodstream and spread to other parts of your body.
Preventing Oral and General Health Issues
Now that you understand the correlation of health between your mouth and your body, it’s no wonder why your dentist always stresses the importance of good dental hygiene! We want to deter our patients from ever having to experience severe health problems—whether it’s concerning your oral health or general health. One of the best ways you can prevent yourself periodontal disease and it’s following health issues is to visit your dentist regularly for comprehensive checkups and professional cleanings. When you visit our My Face, My Smile dental office, you will be provided with these services to prevent gum disease.
- The best advice for effective brushing and flossing habits so that teeth and gums stay healthy at home.
- Scaling and root planing to remove reverse gum disease in its early stages.
- Topical antibiotic treatment to fight infection and restore healthy, attached gums.
- Soft tissue laser therapy to remove infected gum tissues and accelerated healing.
Be Proactive About Your Health
Yes, there are still patients who remain skeptical about the correlation between healthy teeth and gums and the rest of your body. But, there were also harsh critics of the seatbelt, saying that it was too expensive, unproven, and unnecessary. Years later, we realize that wearing a seatbelt may just save your life. The same can be said about preventive and periodontal care to maintain healthy gums. After all, your toothbrush not only helps you avoid bad breath, save your teeth, and deter cavities—it can significantly improve your overall health.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment with your Washington, D.C. dentist to get a professional cleaning (from our lifesaving toothbrushes), thorough dental exam, and helpful instructions on how to take care of your smile at home.
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