National Gum Disease Awareness Month

National Gum Disease Awareness Month

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Did you know that the effect of periodontal disease isn’t just confined in the mouth?

Gum disease is associated with an increased risk of serious chronic conditions like diabetes, respiratory disease, dementia, and cardiovascular disease. Researchers believed that this has something to do with the inflammation that the bacteria caused.

What do healthy gums look like?

Healthy gums are firm, pink, and do not bleed. Diseased gums are dark red, swollen, tender, and/or bleeding. In many cases, it is also accompanied by bad breath or bad taste in the mouth and discomfort when chewing.

How to prevent gum disease?

You can improve your overall health by starting to take care of your gums. Below are some of the effective ways to prevent gum disease:

  • Brush and floss

When you brush your teeth, make sure you also brush your gums using a gentle, circular motion.

Don’t forget to floss between your teeth once a day. If you have bridges or implants, you may want to use interdental brushes.

  • Use a therapeutic mouthwash

A therapeutic mouthwash can help prevent or reduce the mild symptoms of gum disease.

  • Don’t smoke

Smoking doesn’t do any good for your health especially if we talk about oral health. People who smoke to almost half of a pack a day is three times more likely to develop gum disease than non-smokers.

  • Eat a healthy diet

A diet rich in whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, legumes, and fatty fish can help prevent gum disease. These foods can help suppress inflammation.

  • See your dentist regularly

When gum disease is detected and treated in its early stages, you can keep it from spreading and causing more serious and permanent damage to your teeth. It is recommended to see a dentist every 6 months.

 

 

 

References:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/why-your-gums-are-so-important-to-your-health

https://benefitsbridge.unitedconcordia.com/healthy-gums-important-overall-wellness/

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Improve Your Oral Health in 2019 with Cakmes Dental Studio

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Did you know that your oral health can affect the rest of your body? Or that your oral health reflects your overall health?

The mouth is teeming with thousands of bacteria. While most of them are harmless, they can reach to levels that are enough to cause oral infections such as gum disease and tooth decay. This is especially true if you don’t keep up with good oral hygiene practices such as brushing and flossing.

Poor dental health is a major contributor for serious health issues like heart disease and respiratory problems. Some studies have shown that it can also contribute to dementia. Fortunately, there are ways to improve your oral health. The first step? Schedule an appointment with a dentist.

Why you should see a dentist?

If you haven’t seen a dentist in a long time, now is the time.

Seeing a dentist early on can help you avoid or mitigate dental issues such as tooth decay or gum problems. These may seem minor at first but when left unattended, they can lead to more serious health issues.

Cakmes Dental Studio has a dedicated team to help you achieve the healthiest and brightest smile you could ever have (our loyal customers can attest to that!).

We are committed to providing our customers with the best quality of service in dentistry. We use the latest dental technology such as a diagnodent laser for early detection of tooth decay, the use of intra oral camera, and one day crowns (Cerec).

Some of the services we offer include ClearCorrect, aesthetic contouring, Cerec restoration, and tooth colored fillings.

Start this year right by committing to improve your dental health. Call us to schedule for an appointment.

 

 

 

References:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/dental/art-20047475

http://bearabledentistry.com/why-you-need-to-visit-the-dentist/

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Why is Flossing Important?

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Flossing, the dreaded extra step it takes for better oral hygiene. While it’s just as important as brushing only one-third of Americans do it daily. It seems more like a chore than brushing but it is actually quite simple and reaches the 40% of tooth surface area your toothbrush can’t. So why does it seem so much harder to follow a flossing routine than a brushing routine?  It can be a hassle adding an extra step in your daily to-do list, but the benefits of flossing are tremendous and there are several ways it can be made even easier.

So why should you care about flossing and what’s the best and easiest way to clean those chompers?

Why You Should Care About Flossing

Good oral hygiene prevents periodontal disease and periodontal disease can lead to a myriad of other health issues such as heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S.

On average one in eight adults in the U.S. suffer from some form of gum disease. Follow up on these flossing practices to make sure you’re not the one in eight.

Flossing Best Practices

It is best to practice flossing at least once a day, preferably before night to remove any food or particles that have become lodged in between the teeth or gums.

How to Floss Properly

  • Take 18 to 24 inches of floss, wind most of the floss around two fingers, leave yourself an inch or two to work with
  • Hold the floss tight between your thumbs and index fingers, and slide it gently up-and-down between your teeth
  • Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth, making sure you go beneath the gum line.
  • Use clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth

 

Not Sure Which Floss is Best for You?

  • Unwaxed floss is thin nylon floss that’s great for getting into tight spaces but can be prone to breaking.
  • Waxed floss is a standard nylon floss with a light wax coating. It’s less likely to break but harder to use in smaller spaces than unwaxed floss.
  • Dental tape is broader and flatter than standard floss and comes in waxed or unwaxed versions. This can be more comfortable for teeth with wider spaces between them.
  • Polytetrafluorethylene floss (PTFE) is the same material used in high-tech Gore-Tex fabric. The material slides between the teeth easily and is less likely to shred compared to standard floss.
  • Super flosses are made from yarn-like material that has stiffer sections on each end that can be used to clean around braces or dental bridges.

It only takes a few moments to leave a lasting impression on your health. Remember, floss at least once a day, before bedtime.

 

Resources:

https://oralb.com/en-us/oral-health/solutions/floss/dental-floss-types-pros-cons

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/brushing-and-flossing/how-to-floss

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Gum Disease and Diabetes

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Preventing Periodontal Disease with Diabetes

Keeping a healthy smile is important for everyone, but preventing periodontal disease can prove to be more difficult for those with diabetes. With 100 million Americans living with diabetes or prediabetes, the connection between periodontal disease and diabetes shouldn’t go unnoticed.

Studies show that people with poor blood sugar control develop periodontal disease more frequently and more severely than people who have healthy levels of blood sugar control.

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection of the tissue that holds your teeth in place. Gum disease is caused by allowing the sticky film of bacteria called plaque, to build up and harden on teeth. This disease can lead to sore, inflamed and bleeding gums, as well as tooth decay and eventually tooth loss.

The good news is, having diabetes does not necessarily mean you will suffer from periodontal disease. In fact, people with diabetes who continually keep stable blood sugar levels have the same amount of periodontal disease as non-diabetic patients.

There are several factors that lead to periodontal disease and ways that you can prevent it.

BLOOD VESSEL CHANGES

Thickening of blood vessels, a symptom of diabetes, leads to increased gum disease. Blood vessels deliver oxygen and nourishment to the mouth as well as take away bacteria and harmful waste. Thickening of the vessels slows this process down and allows for plaque to build up quicker.

GLUCOSE

Having high levels of glucose, or sugar present in the mouth promotes the growth of harmful bacteria. Too much glucose will also lead to bad blood sugar levels.

SMOKING

Smoking increases risks of heart disease, cancer, and gum disease. Smokers are five times more likely to have gum disease than non-smokers and smokers with diabetes over the age of 45 are 20 times more likely to have gum disease than those without risk factors.

Preventing periodontal disease doesn’t have to be difficult. There are several ways to prevent plaque buildup but if you live with diabetes, getting blood sugar levels under control is the first step.

You can also make sure to keep your biannual dental appointment to monitor plaque build up and have any excess plaque removed. Brush at least twice a day and floss once. Lower sugar consumption and eat fibrous produce to prevent periodontal disease and improve oral hygiene.

Things like a healthy diet, exercise, and talking to your doctor can help keep diabetes under control. Even without diabetes, you should still make oral hygiene a priority. Schedule an appointment with your dentist to brush up on the best practices for oral hygiene.

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