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Patient Education

We believe that it’s very important for people to understand everything they can about their dental health and taking care of their teeth because, in our experience, a well-informed patient is usually a healthy one as well! To that end, you’ll find a variety of educational materials below talking about many different dental subjects with tips you can start using right away. Of course, if you have any questions that aren’t answered below, you can always give our dental office a call and ask!

Oral Health Guide

Oral Health for Total Health: Your mouth is a window to your overall health?

Most people don’t realize that brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups do more than keep your teeth clean and cavity-free. Studies have shown that one’s oral health is directly connected to their overall health. The risk of heart disease, for example, can double for people with severe periodontal (gum) disease.

The Journal of the American Dental Association found that pregnant women with gum disease are more likely to have a baby born prematurely.

Additionally, people with Type 2 diabetes are three times more likely to develop gum disease, and when you add smoking to the mix, the chance of developing gum disease increases almost 20 times!

Like many areas of the body, your mouth is teeming with bacteria — most of them harmless. Normally the body’s natural defenses and good oral health care, 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 oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease.

In addition, certain medications — such as decongestants, antihistamines, painkillers and diuretics — can reduce saliva flow. Saliva washes away food and neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth, helping to protect you from microbial invasion or overgrowth that might lead to disease.

Studies also suggest that oral bacteria and the inflammation associated with periodontitis — a severe form of gum disease — might play a role in some diseases. In addition, certain diseases, such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS, can lower the body’s resistance to infection, making oral health problems more severe.

What conditions may be linked to oral health??

Your oral health might affect, be affected by, or contribute to various diseases and conditions, including:

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