Over half of adults over 30, and over 70% of those over age 65 have periodontal disease and don't even know! If left untreated this can lead to Periodontitis Disease - an oral infection causing bone and tooth loss. In addition,people with periodontal disease are at risk of developing many other diseases. Scientists have confirmed a definitive link between uncontrolled periodontal disease and Diabetes, Heart Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, Respiratory Disease and Rheumatic Disease just to name a few! How? Traveling oral bacteria (the same bacteria that causes swelling n your gums) becomes trapped in other areas of the body and affects your overall health.
When you are a diabetic, it is harder to control gum disease. Diabetics are more susceptible to bleeding gums and contracting infections. A higher level of glucose in saliva feeds the bad bacteria's in your mouth making it harder to maintain a healthy oral cavity. The better you control your blood sugar levels the easier it is to maintain a healthy mouth!
Cardiovascular Disease is the number one cause of deaths in the US. Gum Disease makes existing heart conditions worse and increases the chances of stroke. The traveling bacteria from your mouth such as calculus and tartar become trapped in arteries making them become blocked, causing heart related illnesses.
A study in 2017 found that people over 70 who had been diagnosed with gum disease for 10 or more years were 70% more likely to develop Dementia than those with healthy gums. Another Study found that people with Alzheimer's who also had gum disease declined more rapidly over a 6 month period than those without gum disease.
The harmful bacteria's from gum disease can be inhaled through the lungs believe it or not! This causes Bronchitis, Emphysema, and Pneumonia. Periodontal disease can make these worse if you are already diagnosed. COPD is the third leading cause of death in the US.
Rheumatic Disease includes many potentially debilitating conditions that can damage the joints, connective tissue and other parts of the body and affects some 4 million Americans. Those who have moderate to advanced gum disease tend to have more sever flare - ups in their oral cavity. An even higher incidence of sever gum disease is found in people who have other immune- related chronic inflammatory diseases as well.
The proper brushing technique is to:
Although recent news reports have questioned its benefits of cleaning between your teeth, it is still an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums, according to MouthHealthy.org. The ADA recommends cleaning between your teeth once a day to remove plaque that is not removed by brushing. Plaque can eventually harden into calculus or tartar.
Rinsing often, along with brushing and flossing, may help reduce the chance of dental decay and infection.
Lastly, clinical studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay. The chewing of sugarless gum increases the flow of saliva, which washes away food and other debris, neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth and provides disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth!
Did you know that tooth decay, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is the most prevalent chronic disease in children? The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research states that 42 percent of children from the ages of two to 11 have had cavities in their baby teeth and that 21 percent of children from the ages of six to 11 have had decay in their permanent teeth. Cavities in children, however, can be easily prevented. As a parent who doesn't want your child to be one of these statistics, prevention starts with you. Here are five basic components of a good preventive program for your child.
A good home care routine starts the day you bring your baby home from the hospital. Using a moist gauze pad or washcloth, gently clean your baby's gums after feedings. Once teeth appear, you can clean them with a soft baby brush and water. As your child grows, so will his toothbrush size, but don't be too quick to let him brush on his own. Children are not coordinated enough to clean their teeth thoroughly until they are about eight to 10 years old.
Floss your child's teeth once a day, and keep in mind that, as your child gets older and brushes and flosses by himself, he may still need reminders and monitoring to ensure that he is doing a good job. The Colgate® Kids product line offers an array of brushes to suit your child's needs at any age.