The mouth is filled with countless bacteria, some linked to tooth decay and gum disease, which may be connected with diabetes and cardiovascular disease (heart disease and strokes).
Because gum disease and other health problems may be linked, keeping your teeth and gums healthy is very important. Check out the following list on what you can do.
- Brush your teeth well twice daily.
- Schedule regular dental checkups.
- Tell your dentist about changes in your overall health.
- If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, pay close attention to your teeth and gums.
Remember that diseases like diabetes, blood cell disorders, HIV infections and AIDS lower the body's resistance to infection, which can make gum disease more severe. Several studies link ongoing inflammation from gum disease with heart disease, artery blockages and stroke. If you think that you may have gum disease or are in need of a cleaning and checkup, call our office at 918-455-0123 for an appointment.