The organic benefits of healthy teeth today and gum disease

The administrators here at Organically In Tune.com spend hours each week researching many health topics to bring our readers the most up-to-date information in an effort to help you maintain optimum health always. We are down to earth people just like you who are learning more and more each day. We try our best to give you simple information that you can use in your daily life. Some people overlook or are afraid to visit the dentist regularly. Your teeth are the “window to your health”. It is true! If your teeth are healthy, chances are that your general overall health is in good shape. It took me years to understand this concept. We want you to have good teeth health! This includes articles like the following about having healthy teeth. Please read on below:

Periodontal Disease: What you should know

Periodontal disease is a chronic infection caused by excess bacteria in your mouth. It begins when certain bacteria in plaque (the sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on the teeth and tissues in the mouth) produce toxins and certain harmful enzymes that irritate your gums if they build up. This is the beginning of disease on a microscopic level that, if left untreated, will begin to effect your body health over time. This causes inflammation if plaque is not removed daily.

Plaque that remains on the teeth can irritate gums, making them red, tender and likely to bleed. This condition, called gingivitis, can lead to more serious types of periodontal disease. Gingivitis can be reversed and gums kept healthy by removing plaque every day with a good oral hygiene routine and by having your teeth professionally cleaned. If you are one of those who are “scared” of the dentist office, please know that the technology has advanced to the point to where all dental procedures are painless here in June, 2015.

But if gingivitis is allowed to persist, it can advance to periodontitis, a chronic infection in the pockets around the your teeth. The resulting inflammation, which may be painless, can damage the attachment of the gums and bone to the teeth. At this stage, treatment by a dentist is mandatory. If left untreated, teeth may eventually become loose, fall out or require removal by a dentist. It is ALWAYS best to retain your natural teeth for many reasons which your dentist can explain in more detail.

More about good dental health

Researchers believe that excess bacteria and inflammation linked to periodontitis play a role in many systemic diseases or conditions. Likewise, diseases such as diabetes, blood cell disorders, HIV infections and AIDS can lower the body’s resistence to infection, making periodontal disease more severe. Get to your dentist today! We can not stress this enough.

Several studies link chronic inflammation from periodontitis with the development of cardiovascular problems. Some evidence suggests oral bacteria may be linked to heart disease, artery blockages and even some strokes in certain people. Keep in mind that many genetic factors will increase or decrease this depending on the person.

People with diabetes often have periodontal disease. And diabetics are more likely to develop and have more severe periodontitis than non-diabetics. Studies suggest periodontitis  can make it more difficult for diabetics to control their blood sugar, an angle that people sometimes overlook.

Although periodontitis may contribute to these and other health conditions, it is important to understand that just because two conditions occur at the same time does not mean one condition cause the other condition. And that is why researchers are working hard, examining what happens when periodontitis is treated in individuals with these various health problems.

What can you do about preventing Gingivitis and Periodontitis

Given the potential link between periodontitis  and systemic health problems and discussed in this article, prevention may be an important step in maintaining overall health. Here are a few tips on how to make that happen:

  • Brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day, especially after sugary treats. Clean in between your teeth with dental floss or another type of inter-dental cleaner once a day. You may consider, or your dentist may recommend, using a anti-microbial mouth rinse as part of your daily oral hygiene routine.
  • If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, please pay particular attention to your teeth and gum health.
  • Talk with your dentist about any changes in your overall health, particularly any recent illness or chronic conditions. Provide an updated health history- including medication use or changes- both prescription as well as non-prescription products/changes. If you use tobacco, talk to your dentist about prescribing you new medicines and options for quitting..not just “cutting down”. Forget those nicotine patches, gums and other products as their research shows that people just become more addicted after using them. Today, there are other products much more effective to help people stop smoking or good.
  • ***Eat a balanced diet and limit snacks which may reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Schedule regular dental checkups. ***Professional cleanings are the only way to remove tartar(calculus), which traps plaque bacteria along the gum line.

Your mouth is a window into the health of the body

Toothpastes do not merely clean any longer. Different types have special ingredients, which help prevent against tooth decay, reduce plaque, reduce tartar build-up and gingivitis and give whitening factors and desensitizing teeth.

Make sure that your daily routine includes the following items:

  1. Brush at least twice a day
  2. Brush lightly- brushing too hard can cause your gums to recede, promoting tooth decay quicker
  3. Brush for at least two minutes
  4. Dental professionals recommend using s toothbrush with soft or extra soft bristles- the harder the toothbrush, the greater risk of harming gum tissue.
  5. Change your toothbrush regularly-Throw away your old toothbrush after three months or when the bristles flare out, whichever comes first. Do not forget to change your toothbrush after a cold or flu, a mouth infection or even a sore throat.

As always, we hope these tips have helped you to become just a little more healthy. Please send us your feedback in the contact form. We appreciate your support.

 

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