No matter how well teeth are cared for, some people have genetic predispositions that put them at increased risk for some oral health problems. That doesn’t mean you should give up on brushing and flossing if tooth decay or gum disease runs in your family. Knowing that other family members have these dental problems will help you and your dentist be on alert for warning signs.
We hope you are enjoying the holidays with family and friends.This is also a time of year to think about what we are grateful for, and good health is at the top of the list. Unfortunately, we can often take it for granted, which causes minor issues to lead to major health problems. One such issue that we see get out of hand in some patients is something you wouldn’t expect. Would you like to learn more so you can prevent it?
What do heart disease, pregnancy complications, diabetes, and pneumonia have in common? They are all linked to oral health issues. While most people think that problems with your teeth and gums stay in your mouth, that simply isn’t the case.
Your oral health can give you clues about your overall health. The connection between both is bacteria. Without good oral hygiene, bacteria can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Since your mouth is the gateway to your digestive and respiratory tracts, leaving bacteria in your mouth untreated can lead to major health issues. Also, certain diseases can exacerbate oral health problems.
Is it time for your checkup? Do you wonder what we are doing when we peer into your mouth? There is more involved in a regular checkup than most people realize. We recommend a checkup every six months, or more often, depending upon your specific needs. Read on to discover why regular dental exams and cleanings are so vital to your oral health.