Researchers at the American Dental Association are finding possible links between gum infections and cardiovascular disease. Some research suggests that periodontal disease may be a more serious risk factor for heart disease than high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, gender, and age. People who have gum disease seem to be at a higher risk for heart attacks. One reason may be that bacteria present in infected gums can become loose and move throughout the body. This same bacteria could travel to the arteries and irritate them, causing arterial plaque to form, which contributes to the hardening of the arteries. Communication with your dentist and doctor is critical in the proper diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. Regular dental examinations are crucial for patients with a history of heart disease to check for any signs of oral pain, infection, or gum inflammation.
Gluten-free diets are very popular, and this trend brings more gluten-free products to the grocery store. Gluten intolerance is called Celiac Disease which is an auto-immune disorder caused by exposure to gluten, a substance found in wheat grains. Celiac Disease damages tissue in the small intestine, but did you know there are some oral manifestations of Celiac Disease? According to the American Dental Association, early indications of Celiac Disease in children are: delayed tooth eruption, dry mouth, recurring canker sores, cracks or sores on the sides of the mouth, and dental enamel defects. If you notice any of these symptoms in your child, be sure to speak with your dentist and doctor about Celiac Disease.
Mouthwash is a commonly used dental product. But is it good for your mouth? While not a replacement for daily brushing and flossing, use of mouthwash may be a helpful addition to the daily dental hygiene routine. Mouthwash can reach spaces in-between teeth that brushing alone may miss. There are two main types of mouthwashes. Therapeutic mouthwashes have active ingredients that kill bacteria and contain fluoride help prevent or reduce tooth decay. Cosmetic mouthwashes temporarily control or reduce bad breath and leave your mouth with a pleasant taste, but don’t reduce your risk of cavities or gum disease. It is important when shopping for a mouthwash to look for the American Dental Association seal of approval. This way you know your mouth wash has been proven safe and effective.