Protect Your Life with the Help of an Anchorage Dentist
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among American adults. It’s also linked to an increased risk of heart disease, dementia, diabetes, stroke, and cancer.
The best way to protect yourself from gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene. Make sure you’re brushing twice daily and flossing every day. Most people don’t floss, but it’s essential to prevent gum disease. Flossing helps remove plaque from between the teeth and around the gumline. It doesn’t matter what kind of floss you use. If it helps, use disposable flossers or a water flosser.
Some habits can increase your risk of gum disease. Smoking is very bad for your gums and significantly increases your risks, including your risk of tooth loss. Excessive alcohol consumption can also increase gum disease risk in part because it leads to dehydration.
If you have diabetes, work hard to control your blood sugar. High blood sugar increases your risk of gum disease (and gum disease makes it harder to control your blood sugar).
Also, make your regular appointments with your Anchorage dentist. Professional cleanings remove tartar that shelters dangerous oral bacteria, helping them to thrive and cause gum disease. Your Anchorage dentist can evaluate the state of your gums and recommend changes to your oral hygiene or more frequent professional cleanings if necessary.
Gum disease isn’t only a dental issue. Acting as a gateway to the bloodstream, any infection localized in the mouth can wreak serious havoc on the rest of the body. To save yourself money on healthcare later, schedule a dentist appointment if you have any of these symptoms.
Give us a call at (907) 349-0022 or contact us and come see why everyone is raving about the hygiene team at Excellence In Dentistry in Anchorage, Alaska!