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19 Dec

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Daily Dental Tip: Low-Cost Dental Care

15 Dec

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When household budgets are strained, some people put off dental visits. That can lead to problems that are far more expensive than preventive care. If you are having trouble paying for dental care, talk to your dentist about low-cost options or extended payment plans.

Daily Dental Tip: Tooth Pain or Sensitivity

9 Dec

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Tooth pain or unusual sensitivity when biting down or eating hot or cold foods can be a sign of a cracked teeth, broken fillings, or cavities. If you are experiencing the symptoms, make sure to ask your dentist about remedying this problem.

HOW DENTAL HEALTH CONTRIBUTES TO OVERALL HEALTH (via @santanvalley)

9 Dec

 

 

 

 

Your oral health is more important than you might realize. It is important to know the facts about how the health of your mouth, teeth and gums can affect your general health.
Did you know that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body? Like many areas of the body, your mouth contains a lot of bacteria, which are mostly harmless. Normally, your body’s immune system and good oral hygiene care at home, such as daily brushing and flossing, can keep these bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease.

In addition, medications such as decongestants, antihistamines, painkillers and diuretics — can reduce saliva flow. Because saliva washes away food and neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth, this reduction in saliva flow can lead to an increase of bacteria which can, in turn, lead to disease. Studies also suggest that oral bacteria and the inflammation associated with gum disease might play a role in other diseases. Certain diseases, such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS, can lower the body’s ability to fight infection, making oral health problems more severe.

YOUR ORAL HEALTH MIGHT CONTRIBUTE TO VARIOUS OTHER DISEASES AND CONDITIONS, INCLUDING:

  • Cardiovascular disease. Some research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke might be linked to the inflammation and infections that oral bacteria can cause.
  • Pregnancy and birth. Gum disease has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.
  • Diabetes. Diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection which can be risky for gums.
  • Osteoporosis.  Weak and brittle bones might be linked with periodontal bone loss and tooth loss.
  • Alzheimer’s disease. Tooth loss before age 35 might be a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Other conditions. Other conditions that might be connected to oral health are immune system disorders that cause dry mouth and eating disorders.

TO PROTECT YOUR ORAL HEALTH:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Floss daily.
  • Eat a healthy diet and limit between-meal snacks.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner.
  • Schedule regular dental checkups.

Also, contact your dentist as soon as an oral health problem arises. Remember, taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health.

 

Source: http://www.santanvalley.com/health/dental-health/5907-how-dental-health-contributes-to-overall-health

Tell Your Dentist All Medicines, Vitamins, and Supplements You Take

8 Dec

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Certain prescription drugs for allergieshigh blood pressure, or depression can cause dry mouth, which increases the risk of tooth decay and gum problems. Some medications and dietary supplementscan thin your blood, increasing the risk of bleeding when you have dental work done. It’s very important for your dental team to know about all the pills you take, including supplements that you may not think of as serious medicine.

Don’t Put Your Oral Health on the Backburner (via @heraldnews)

8 Dec

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What if the trick to a longer, healthier life was as simple as keeping your teeth and gums healthy? Recent studies have shown links between oral bacteria and chronic life threatening conditions such as heart disease, lower respiratory diseases, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and even pancreatic cancer. These are some of the leading causes of death in the United States. It’s possible that quality of life could increase, helping medical costs decrease, if oral health was considered in determining a person’s overall health.

It has been found that people with periodontal disease are up to 35 percent more likely to develop coronary artery disease than those with healthy gums. By brushing, flossing and regular dental visits, oral conditions like periodontal disease can be prevented. In its early stage, gum disease can even be reversed with stricter hygiene habits and routine dental care.

There is also an evident link between Diabetes and gum disease. Diabetics have an increased risk of developing periodontal disease, especially if blood sugar isn’t under control. Gum disease causing bacteria thrive when there are high levels of glucose in the mouth. By keeping blood sugar under control and seeing the dentist regularly, diabetics can decrease their risk of periodontitis.

Because these chronic conditions have a strong correlation with periodontal disease, losing teeth is a common occurrence. This can make it hard and even embarrassing for people to eat nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables and nuts, so it is very important for a person to replace any missing teeth. If the missing teeth are not replaced, overall health and self-confidence are at stake.

Although studies haven’t proven that oral diseases actually cause these chronic conditions, it is hard to ignore the connections that have been discovered. The oral cavity is a part of the human body and should not be over looked when evaluating one’s overall health. So the next time you think about cancelling your dental appointment or are too tired to floss, think about how you could be affecting your body.

 

Source: http://www.capemaycountyherald.com/lifestyle/health_and_wellness/article_9d6c6c6e-977e-11e5-a974-9731f155ab08.html

Daily Dental Tip: Toothbrush Storage Placement

5 Dec

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Keep your toothbrush holder away from the toilet and sink. The toilet can create an aerosol effect with particles of germs wafting through the air after flushing. Those germs are definitely not something you want attached to your family’s toothbrushes!