Practicing good oral hygiene is a very important aspect to maintaining good overall health, especially as we get older. In recent years, bacterial inflammation involved in gum disease has been linked to chronic health problems like stroke, coronary artery disease, and premature, low birth weight babies. Dr. Khan and our hygienists take great care to identify and treat gum disease early to keep you and your mouth healthy.
There are a number of things that can be done to help protect your smile and your overall health. Visiting the dentist on a regular basis is one key factor. Doing so at least twice a year allows us to thoroughly clean your teeth and recognize any potential problems early (i.e. cavities, gingivitis, etc.) before they become more serious. Dental exams give us insight on whether you are getting the proper nutrition you need, maintaining a proper oral hygiene regimen, and whether there are any growth or development problems.
Here are some helpful tips to ensure you are taking good care of your teeth:
- – Brush at least three times a day using a fluoride toothpaste
- – Floss daily
- – Eat a well-balanced, healthy diet
- – Do not smoke or use smokeless tobacco products
By following these simple steps you will keep your teeth healthy and help prevent such common problems like cavities, gingivitis, gum disease, oral cancer, as well as more serious diseases that affect your overall health like heart disease and diabetes.