I was very interested in your article about the relationship between good oral health and overall health. As a dental hygienist, I know that our profession is primarily the identifiers and "treaters" of periodontal disease, and the early stages of this disease, gingivitis. We also love to educate people about their need for removing plaque on all tooth surfaces every 24 hours. (Flossing is simply the way to make that happen!)
As well as a two way co-relation between gum disease and diabetes, bacteria in ones mouth may affect the heart, can be breathed in to the lungs to increase chances of pneumonia especially in the elderly, and may lead to underweight and premature babies in preganant women. Talk to your dental hygienist in her own practice, or as part of a team of caring dental professionals in a dentist's office, to answer questions and assess your risk of this very common disease. By removing the build-up of plaque and calculus (tartar) on ones teeth by scaling, inflammation will disappear. Then by learning specific, proper techniques for cleaning your teeth and soft tissues of the mouth you will be able to maintain good oral health and overall health.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
- 10/26/2010 11:51:17 AM