- Heart attack and stroke
- Pancreatic and breast cancers
- Liver and kidney failure
Pregnant women with gum disease are at increased risk for premature birth, low birth-weight, and other pregnancy and labor complications as well.
The most effective way to prevent the development of tooth infection, cavities, and gum disease is through a solid oral hygiene routine – and that routine starts in your own home.
When you brush, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a quality toothpaste, try to avoid toothpaste with abrasive ingredients that can damage enamel and destroy restorations. Be sure to brush for at least two minutes with a manual brush or one minute with an electric each time.
Flossing should be done in between each tooth at least twice a day. Following each tooth from root to crown with a clean section of floss. This will remove food particles, debris, and plaque to help prevent gum infection and tooth decay.
You should visit our office twice a year for optimal oral health. These visits allow us to clean and polish your teeth while removing tartar and plaque that may be difficult to reach at home. They also allow us to ensure there are no early signs of oral health problems and to provide swift treatment when issues arise. Treated promptly, most oral health issues can be addressed with very little intervention.
You can assist your oral health efforts by choosing foods and drinks that support optimal health. Try to avoid foods and beverages with sugar and artificial colors. Select foods that are fresh and whole with a focus on fruits and vegetables. Try to avoid boxed foods, frozen entrees, and other processed options, and be sure to drink a lot of water. These steps will all help minimize the damage your teeth and gums are subjected to and work to help you maintain peak oral and systemic health.
If you have questions about how you can improve your oral health please call and schedule an appointment today. Our Palm Beach Gardens dentists serve all areas of Palm Beach Gardens, North Palm Beach, Jupiter, Lake Park, Tequesta and West Palm Beach along with surrounding areas of Palm Beach County.