Posts for tag: Mouth Care
Your mouth is the gateway to your body. An unhealthy mouth may increase your risk for serious health problems, including heart attack, diabetes and preterm labor. Research shows that more than 90 percent of all systematic diseases have oral manifestations, including swollen gums, mouth ulcers or excessive gum problems. Here's a look at some of the diseases and conditions that may be connected to oral health.
- Diabetes - Due to elevated blood sugars, diabetes increases your risk of gum disease, cavities, tooth loss, dry mouth, and a variety of oral infections. Conversely, because diabetes can reduce the body's resistance to infection, it can be difficult to control.
- Heart Disease - According to research, poor oral health can increase the risk for developing heart disease as studies have shown a link between the bacteria found in both diseases.
- Premature Birth - Studies have found that expectant mothers with periodontal disease are up to seven times more likely to deliver premature, low-birth-weight babies.
- Your mouth can reveal other clues about your state of health as well including respiratory conditions, oral cancer and osteoporosis.
To keep your mouth and body healthy:
- Provide our San Jose office with a complete health history -- illnesses and medication use -- even if they seem unrelated to your oral health.
- Brush and floss regularly to help remove bacteria from the mouth that could potentially travel through your body.
- Eat a well-balanced diet to keep your immune system strong.
- If you smoke, talk to your dentist about options for quitting.
- Visit Dental Dimensions for routine checkups and professional cleanings to prevent problems and detect potential issues in their early stages.
The signs and symptoms of many potentially life-threatening diseases appear in the mouth first. Since most people have regular oral examinations, the dentist is often the first to identify a health problem in its early stages. Dental professionals are trained to look for many systemic diseases simply through your regular oral exam.
Make it a priority to practice good oral hygiene every day. You're making an investment in your total body health, not just for now, but for the future, too.
As a parent, you play an important role in your child's dental health. Instilling proper oral habits during your child's growth and development years coupled with regular visits to our San Jose office are the best ways to ensure strong, healthy teeth into adulthood.
Basic Tips for Parents from The Dental Dimensions:
Establish Good Oral Health Habits Early
Our San Jose office can show your child the proper methods for cleaning those hard to reach areas with a tooth brush and floss. We can also work with you to recommend a specific program of brushing, flossing, and other treatments you can use while teaching your child the appropriate ways to care for his or her teeth.
Limit your child's frequency of snacking, especially starchy, sugary and acidic foods. Instead promote healthy snacks that are rich in nutrients, such as fruits, vegetables and cheese.
Ensure your child gets an adequate amount of fluoride in his or her diet. Fluoride helps build strong teeth and prevent cavities.
Make Tooth Brushing Fun
When parents are excited about caring for their teeth, kids will find tooth brushing to be more enjoyable as well.
Regular Check Ups
As recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, parents should bring their child to the dentist by their first birthday. We encourage regular visits to our kid-friendly office in San Jose to monitor your child's dental development and to educate you and your child about preventative care.
At The Dental Dimensions, we understand going to the dentist, especially for children, can be scary, so we make going to the dentist as fun and relaxed as possible. Focusing on education and prevention, our San Jose office offers a fun, gentle and positive atmosphere for your child that promotes good oral hygiene from the toddler years into adolescence and adulthood. We look forward to caring for your child's teeth and gums throughout their various stages of growth and development.