Periodontal Health and Dental Hygiene
The easiest and the most important thing that you can do for your overall health is to keep your gums healthy. Science has proven that the bacteria in the mouth that cause gum disease can affect the health of your heart, and brain. If gum disease remain untreated at the earliest stage (gingivitis), it will penetrate deeper and cause boneloss. Bone is the support structure around your teeth. If you lose bone, you will eventually lose your teeth. Gum disease also known as periodontal disease can easily be prevented by developing good oral hygiene habits and techniques and by visiting your dentist for professional "cleaning" also known as prophy on a regular basis. However, once the disease develops deeper in the gum structure and affect your jaw bone, it will require more complex treatments that could range from non-surgical to surgical treatments and bone grafts. Healthy gums are pink and firm and they don't bleed. If you notice redeness in your gums or bleeding when you floss or brush, you have early signs of gum disease. If you are diagnosed with diabetes, or have a history of gum disease in you family, regular dental checkups become even more important. Pregnant patients, diabetic patients, cancer patients and those who had suffered from heart attack, stroke, kidney disease can benefit from more frequent cleaning to help prevent gum disease.