Periodontal disease is a dental issue, but it is well known that inflammation of the gums can lead to more widespread inflammatory response and contribute to other health issues. That is why I am stressing the importance of good periodontal health in this month’s newsletter. Not to mention, the exorbitant cost of dental care, especially if implants are needed.
Periodontal disease encompasses two main conditions: gingivitis and periodontitis. Please hit the links below to learn more about these two conditions.
Prevention is key and never too late to start these good practices:
Good oral hygiene. That means brushing your teeth for two minutes at least twice daily — in the morning and before going to bed — and flossing at least once a day. Better yet, brush after every meal or snack or as your dentist recommends. Flossing before you brush allows you to clean away the loosened food particles and bacteria.
Regular dental visits. See your dentist or dental hygienist regularly for cleanings, usually every six to 12 months. If you have risk factors that increase your chance of developing periodontitis — such as having dry mouth, taking certain medications or smoking — you may need professional cleaning more often. Annual dental X-rays can help identify diseases that are not seen by a visual dental examination and monitor for changes in your dental health.
Good health practices. Practices such as healthy eating and managing blood sugar if you have diabetes also are important to maintain gum health.
Please keep up to date with your routine dental visits. If you need a referral to a dentist, please reach out to me and I will guide you.
“A Care Beyond”