Do you take proper care of your teeth? Nearly 50% of adults over 30 have signs of gum disease. Poor oral health can become more of an issue besides mouth sores and cavities. Poor oral care can lead to unhealthy conditions for other parts of your body. Because of severe oral disease, dangerous bacteria can occur that might increase the risk of inflamed heart, cardiovascular disease, stroke and other serious complications. Some studies have shown that poor mouth care can lead to the risk of respiratory disease and possibly developing dementia. Some studies have shown a link between gum disease and infertility issues and a higher risk of premature births.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing your teeth twice a day-four minutes total. You should use a soft bristled brush and gently brush back and forth at a 45-degree angle to the gums. You should brush all tooth and gum surfaces to include brushing your tongue. Daily flossing is a must. Flossing removes plaque and food particles under the gum line and between the teeth. Start with about 18 inches of floss, wrap it around both forefingers and insert between teeth working it up and down and back and forth. If you have repeated bleeding gums from flossing, you could have gingivitis or an infection and need to visit your dentist. It is recommended that you brush your teeth right after eating foods that get stuck in your teeth such as chips and cookies or drinks that contain high levels of acidity, caffeine or sugar. De Hart Plumbing Heating and Cooling, serving Manhattan Kansas, Junction City Kansas and Topeka Kansas and some surrounding areas.