Your Gum Health Is Important


Did you know that regular tooth brushing plays an important role in preventing gum disease and gingivitis? Well, what regular tooth brushing actually does is that it removes the plaque and germs that are present in your the mouth, which are the root cause of most gum diseases.


Avoiding Periodontitis


Brushing your teeth will also help avoid periodontitis, which is a serious gum disease that can eventually break down the teeth as well as the bones around your mouth. It’s mostly a painful experience with the sufferers experiencing tooth loss as well as tooth abscesses.

Preventing Heart Diseases

Yes, it’s a fact and now one of the hottest topics in the world of health research. Your oral health has a strong connection with your heart and can affect your heart health in a positive or negative manner. The inflammation building up in your mouth as a result of periodontitis or other oral problems can eventually affect other areas in your body, with your body being at a higher risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.

Recent studies have also revealed that patients with good oral health practices are less likely to have problems with circulatory functions in their arteries as well as blood vessels.

Preventing a Diabetic Lifestyle

Surveys and research have also found a link between your chances of developing diabetes and poor oral hygiene. The more you take care of your oral health, the less you are at risk of developing health problems like diabetes.

Protecting your memory

 While most people are at higher risk of suffering from dementia in older years of their life, people having good gum and mouth health are less likely to experience this condition. Dementia is in some way related to poor blood circulation, which is something that can be improved if teeth are brushed on a regular basis.


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The use of mouthwash is undoubtedly an integral part of your oral hygiene routine.  But with the wide variety of oral health products available in the market today, choosing a mouthwash can be really challenging.

Looks what’s in there

There are some mouthwashes that are labeled as antiseptic and anti-plaque. These can play an active role in killing the germs that lead to plaque, gingivitis as well as bad breath. A mouth rinse having fluoride is even better, especially in terms of tooth decay prevention. But, you should always consult your dentist and look carefully at the manufacturer’s label to prevent any side-effects.

If a mouth rinse contains alcohol, you may experience a burning sensation in your teeth, cheeks as well as gums. Remember that excessive use of fluoride mouthwashes may result in fluoride toxicity.

Is my mouth wash good for bad breath?

Mouthwashes that have fluoride in them are quite successful in fighting up to 50% more of the cavity-causing bacteria as compared to ordinary mouth rinses. And a quality mouthwash does curb bad breath while refreshing your mouth.

At times, you may have to use prescription-only mouthwashes that have additional ingredients for protection against dry mouth, gingivitis or other dental issues.


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Dental Health Terms

by on March 29, 2012 | Posted in General dentistry

Dentists use some common terms to depict totally unrelated things thus making it difficult to understand them. The importance of being familiar with these terms is to be able to follow the dentist during consultations. This article explains a few of the common terms used by dentists.

An abscess is a common term that many dentists and doctors use to refer to an infection. The infection can be located in the tooth, a bone or any soft tissue. When there is an abscess, it is important to initially treat the infection before doing anything else to the tooth. It is dangerous to pull out the infected tooth while it is still infected. An antibiotic is usually administered in order to deal with the infection. After the infection has gone down, the tooth is abscessed by the dental health care professional to see the best thing to do with it. In many cases the infection is cleaned and then filled with composite or the rotten tooth may be extracted if it is too damaged or rotten.

Another term is pulp. It refers to the innermost nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue in the tooth. If the infection- often called pulpitis- reaches this area, pain and discomfort are certain. The pulp is located in a chamber inside the tooth. There is a procedure that extracts the pulp from the tooth which is commonly performed on children. The full removal is called pulpectomy while partial removal is called pulpotomy.

Halitosis is another common term in dentistry. It refers to the occurrence of bad breath in an individual. The origins of bad breath can be rooted in improper oral health care or gastrointestinal based. The dentist whose patient suffers from halitosis should initially find out the causes of the halitosis in order to ably recommend the right way to treat it. Gum disease may be culprit for this or some other condition in the digestive system.

Attrition is a term that depict the natural wear of the teeth causing loss of structure. Having misaligned teeth can cause uncommon but natural wear on certain teeth. Correcting the crooked teeth helps in preventing further loss of structure.

Dental caries or cavities refer to the damage or holes that are caused by the lack of proper care and hygiene in the oral cavity. They lead to rotten teeth and excessive pain and discomfort when they are severe. They are prevented by regular brushing of the oral cavity, flossing and visits to the dentist at least twice a year.

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