Research has linked many serious medical illnesses such as heart disease and immune disorders and our oral condition. Your family dentist will work with you to help you maintain optimum dental health which will ultimately contribute to better overall health.
Patients dealing with these life altering medical conditions must also realize they are more at risk for dental concerns. Although there are several differing thoughts on whether healthy teeth and gums contribute to a healthier body or vice versa, there can be no dispute that there are several things needed to maintain the best oral and overall health possible:
Diet: Foods rich in vitamins and nutrients are always going to be healthier than processed foods. Fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and low fat protein will help to keep your body lean as well as provide the right fuels to keep you healthy.
Lifestyle: Sufficient rest, staying hydrated with beverages that are not sugar laden, and daily exercise are all positive actions. Eliminating tobacco use and illicit drugs can add years to your life. Being overweight has been linked to ailments of the heart, so keeping weight under control with diet and exercise is important.
Focusing on creating the optimum condition for maintaining both overall and oral health is best. In addition to diet and lifestyle ideas already listed, your dentist can contribute to the ideal things you can do to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Brushing with a soft bristle tooth brush coupled with a fluoridated tooth paste or gel a minimum of twice each day is recommended. Minimal pressure will help to remove debris – scrubbing teeth may result in premature gum recession.
Flossing at least once per day to remove what your tooth brush didn’t reach between teeth and at the gum line is great to maintain dental health and keep gum tissue stimulated.
Prevent gum disease which can occur due to plaque build-up. Left untreated, gum disease can progress and even lead to tooth loss. The link between the inflammation from gum disease and health concerns like diabetes and heart disease is continually studied. Tobacco use is a common thread between periodontitis and heart disease.
Visit your dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning and oral examination. Teeth will be polished at this appointment to help keep them looking their best.
For more information or to schedule your next dental exam, contact the office of Dr. Mark E. Massaro today.
Mark E. Massaro, DDS
3150 East 41st Street
Wellington Square Suite 141
Tulsa, OK 74105
Dr. Mark Massaro is a Tulsa, OK dental professional dedicated to General, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry such as Dental Exams, Cleanings, X-rays, Smile Makeovers, Zoom Teeth Whitening, Lumineers, Crowns, & more.