Your dental hygiene routine consists of brushing and flossing three times each day. You also make bi-annual visits to the dentist for regular checkups. These habits keep your teeth and gums healthy. However, they also help to keep your heart healthy.
It would be a stretch to say that poor dental health causes heart disease. Nevertheless, there are links between the two. The inflammatory nature of periodontal disease creates an environment that encourages the overgrowth of dangerous bacteria.
Proper brushing and flossing helps the mouth maintain a healthy balance of bacteria. Without these hygiene practices, gum disease is likely to occur. Unfortunately, bleeding gums can create a passageway for oral plaque to enter the bloodstream. This plaque can find a new home in your blood vessels, and eventually interfere with blood flow to the heart.
Some people of all ages fear the thought of going to the dentist. Maybe it's the idea of getting a shot for a filling or the possibility of having a tooth pulled. But there is really no reason to worry, as these occurrences are not that common. In fact, there are plenty of reasons to smile when you schedule your next dental checkup.
Professional teeth cleaning.
Having your teeth expertly cleaned by a dental hygienist can be a privilege. They often are able to extract debris or bacteria under the gum line or between tightly-packed teeth that would eventually lead to cavities. Following the cleaning, your teeth will look and feel great.
The American way is to get a new one when the old one breaks. However, this does not work well when it comes to teeth. The goal is to keep the originals intact for life. Sure, there are partials, bridges, dentures and even implants that are workable solutions for millions of Americans who have lost some or all of their teeth, but nothing beats the real thing. Preventative maintenance is a given for the nation's 253 million cars, and it should also be a given for the nation's overall oral health.
In 2007 a 12-year-old child died from complications of a tooth abscess. A case history report in 2012 shows how an 11-year-old child almost died from complications due to an abscessed molar that spread an infection to his brain. Issues like these can be prevented with routine preventative dental care. Village death records toward the end of the bubonic plague indicate higher numbers of death caused by tooth abscesses than the plague. In America the number should be zero considering the ability and resources that modern dentistry has to treat such infections.