Recent studies have shown that there is evidence linking periodontal disease (gum disease) to heart disease and other chronic diseases. The common link in all these conditions is inflammation.
The presence of active gum disease may be linked to heart disease, heart attacks, strokes and diabetes.
So what steps can you take to prevent periodontal disease? First brush your teeth twice daily for at least two minutes using a manual or electric toothbrush. Second, floss your teeth or use tepe brushes to clean those difficult to get at areas between the teeth, these areas can often be inflamed. Finally, see your dentist regularly for dental health checks and if your dentist recommends seeing a hygienist take their advice. The dental hygienist can give you the best advice on cleaning and looking after your teeth and gums, remove those stubborn deposits that get stuck to your teeth and restore your smile to its sparkling best.
It is a small investment by you in keeping your teeth, gums and mouth healthy. Also a healthy mouth can have plenty of other benefits to your general health too!