Research has proven there is a correlation between dental and overall health. When you visit your dentist for a teeth cleaning, you may wonder why so many questions are asked about your medications and changes to your health since your last visit. Your dentist isn’t just being inquisitive … understanding changes to your overall health helps to provide optimum care for your dental health.
For example, it is a well documented fact that tobacco use is dangerous for your health. But did you know that smokers are much more likely to suffer from gum disease than non-smokers? In many cases, gum disease can lead to tooth loss. Dental decay is more prevalent in adults who use tobacco; tobacco use may increase the likelihood to develop oral cancer.
Maintaining a healthy weight is good advice for everyone, but one of the ways to keep your weight in check might be to do what is best for your dentition. Sugary snacks and beverages can pack on unwanted pounds … and these are major contributors to plaque build-up and the potential for developing cavities. Limit soda and sweet treats to special occasions.
Healthier snacks include dairy products like cheese and yogurt; if you are looking for something crunchy, look to nuts, seeds, or popcorn. When it comes to meals, vegetables, fruits, proteins, and healthy grains should be staples in your daily diet.
Things that are good for your overall health will generally be beneficial to your dental health … this means get sufficient sleep daily, stay hydrated (water is ideal), exercise, and see your dentist every six months for teeth cleaning and dental exam.
Brush your teeth at least twice each day with a fluoridated toothpaste. Either set a timer or invest in an electronic toothbrush so you are brushing the recommended two minutes. When you brush your teeth, don’t just brush the outside. Clean the backs of your teeth as well as the top; brush to include your gums to keep them invigorated; brush your tongue as well.
At least once each day floss your teeth to reach what your toothbrush missed. There are many types of floss available; finding one that you like may encourage daily use.
Take good care of your dental health … it will make a positive contribution to your overall health. If it’s time to schedule your next exam and cleaning, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan today.