A number of recent studies suggest that you may already have a cheap and powerful weapon against heart attacks, strokes, and other heart disease conditions. It costs less than $2 and is sitting on your bathroom counter. It is the none other than the humble toothbrush.
If you have been told you have periodontal (gum) disease you’re not alone. Many adults in the U.S. currently have some form of disease. Gum disease ranges from simple gum inflammation to serious diseases that result in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. In extreme cases, teeth are lost. Whether your gum disease stops, slows, or gets worse, depends a great deal on how well you care for your teeth and gums every day. Daily maintenance, as well as your routine visits with the hygienist, are very important.
What causes gum disease??
Our mouths are full of bacteria. These bacteria, along with mucus and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless “plaque” on teeth. Brushing and flossing help get rid of plaque. Plaque that is not removed can harden and form “tartar” that brushing doesn’t clean. Only a professional cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist can remove this buildup.
Because there is such a strong correlation between gum disease and heart disease, it may surprise some to find their dentist asking about their heart health and their cardiologist asking about their teeth. The American Journal of Periodontology and the American Journals of Cardiology have come together to advise dentists to inform patients of the increased risk of heart disease in patients with gum disease.
We at CDA care for our patients and encourage you to take care of your gums. If you have any questions or would like to schedule your cleaning, please call the office at 210-951-4444.
Cosmetic Dental Associates