The mouth is a window into the health of the body. Recent research provides evidence that oral health and overall health are inextricably linked. Like other areas of the body, your mouth teems with bacteria — mostly harmless but your mouth is the entry point to your digestive and respiratory tracts, and some of these bacteria can cause disease.
Normally the body’s natural defenses and good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing, keep bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease. Also, certain medications — such as decongestants, antihistamines, painkillers, diuretics and antidepressants — can reduce saliva flow. Saliva washes away food and neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth, helping to protect you from microbes that multiply and lead to disease.
Researchers suspect that bacteria and inflammation linked to periodontitis play a role in some systemic diseases or conditions. Given the potential link between periodontitis and systemic health problems, prevention may be an important step in maintaining overall health. Brushing your teeth thoroughly twice a day. Cleaning between your teeth with floss or another type of interdental cleaner once a day. Your dentist here at Pimpama City Dental Centre may recommend using an antimicrobial mouth rinse as part of your daily oral hygiene routine.
Eat a balanced diet and limit sugary foods, which may reduce your risk of developing tooth decay and periodontal disease. Schedule regular dental checkups. Professional cleanings are the only way to remove calculus (tartar), which traps plaque bacteria along the gum line. Make sure you book an appointment with us if you notice any of these signs:
• gums that bleed during brushing and flossing
• red, swollen or tender gums
• gums that have pulled away from your teeth
• persistent bad breath
• pus between your teeth and gums
• loose or separating teeth
• a change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
• a change in the fit of partial dentures