HOW CAN I KEEP MY TEETH AND GUMS HEALTHY?
It’s important to take care of your teeth and gums, and not only to maintain an attractive smile. The following steps are key to keeping your teeth and gums healthy:
- Brush your teeth twice a day (with a fluoride toothpaste).
- Floss regularly to remove plaque from between teeth. Or use a device such as a special brush or wooden or plastic pick recommended by a dental professional.
- Visit the dentist routinely for a check-up and professional cleaning.
- Don’t smoke.
Can gum disease cause health problems beyond the mouth?
Researchers have observed that people with gum disease were more likely to develop heart disease or have difficulty controlling blood sugar. Other studies showed that women with gum disease were more likely to deliver preterm, low birth weight babies.
More research is needed to clarify whether gum disease actually causes health problems beyond the mouth, and whether treating gum disease can keep other health conditions from developing. In the meantime, it’s a fact that controlling gum disease can save your teeth —a very good reason to take care of your teeth and gums.
If you, your family, or friends need dental care, we would be honored to provide you with state-of-the-art dental care in our modern dental practice. Refer someone you love to someone you trust!
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39 Milford Drive, Hudson, Ohio 44236. 330-650-0360.