There is a potential link between periodontal disease and systemic health problems. Prevention may be an important step in maintaining overall health.
What you can do:
- Brush your teeth throughly twice a day: Clean between your teeth with floss or another type of interdental cleaner once a day. You may consider or your dentist may recommend using an anti-microbial mouth rinse as part of your daily oral hygiene routine.
- Choose dental products with the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance, an important symbol of a dental product’s safety and effectiveness. The ADA seal represents extensive clinical and research for the dental products upon which it appears. The ADA seal assures you that the product is not only safe but it does what it claims to do.
- Eat a balance 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.
- Tell your dentist about changes in your overall health, particularly any recent illnesses or chronic conditions. Provide an updated health history including medication use – both prescription and non-prescription products. If you use tobacco, talk to your dentist about options for quitting.
- If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, pay particular attention to your teeth and gums. That’s because pregnancy – and the changing hormone levels that occur with it – can exaggerate some dental problems. Taking good care of your oral health is important for you and your baby.
From ADA phamlet: Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body – Making the Connection
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