How Can I Prevent Oral Disease?
- Asked 6 years ago
Tips to prevent oral disease
Some of the most important ways to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy are:
1- Brush and clean between teeth with floss or interdental cleaner the way your dentist tells you to do.
2- Brush with only an ADA Accepted anti-gingivitis toothpaste and use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
3- Get regular professional dental cleanings. This is the only way to remove plaque that has built up and hardened into tartar. Your dental professional will clean or “scale” your teeth to remove the tartar above and below the gumline.
4- Left untreated, plaque and inflammation may lead to gingivitis. Untreated gingivitis may progress to periodontitis. Periodontitis may be associated with other diseases such as heart attack, stroke and diabetes.
5- Do not smoke cigarettes or use other forms of tobacco.
6- Get regular checkups. They are the best way to discover and treat early gum disease before it leads to a more serious problem.
Note: People with diabetes are more likely to develop gum disease and lose teeth.
Like all infections, gum disease may cause blood sugar to rise and make diabetes harder to control.
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Begin to act on the fact that your oral health is directly related to the health of your body. Research has confirmed that oral disease, especially gum disease is related to many other systemic illnesses including heart attack, stroke, diabetes, pre-term and low birth weight babies, obesity, and cancer.
Therefore, you need to:
- Eat for oral health (Triple A Nutrition foods that are anti-inflammatory, alkalizing, and high in anti-oxidants) like lots of greens, beans, and non-acidic fruits that are high in fiber and low on the glycemic (sugar) index
- Talk with your dentist about easy procedures that enable you to beam your smile to the world (e.g., remove stain and yellow teeth with whitening, correct discolored fillings with tooth-colored ceramic, and composite materials, etc.)
- Ask your dentist to do an oral cancer screening on your next visit – it is easy, fast, and could save your life
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Preventing oral disease means you need to do your part in maintaining a healthy mouth, by having good home care brushing, flossing, eating healthy & visiting your dentist regularly. The Dental industry has changed so much throughout the years with new technology & materials available you & your dentist can work together to help avoid oral disease.
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These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.