Did you know that your mouth will shows signs and symptoms of a systemic disease, should you have any, 90% of the time? This, along with the fact that research has shown that poor oral hygiene can be linked to heart disease, diabetes, pregnancy complications, Alzheimer’s disease, Crohn’s disease, pneumonia, HIV/AIDS, eating disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and even certain cancers are why more hospitals and health systems are trying to help make that connection for people and their primary care physician.
Research performed by Delta Dental shows there is evidence of two specific links between oral health and heart disease. If you currently have gum disease in a moderate or advanced stage, you are at a much higher risk for heart disease than a person with healthy gums. And second, your physician should be examining your mouth during your physical exam as it can provide them with warning signs for a range of diseases and conditions.
Stay proactive with your oral hygiene to protect your heart and general health.
Symptoms and Warning Signs of early gum disease include:
- Gums that are red, swollen or sore to the touch
- Gums that bleed when you eat, brush or floss
- Infection seen around the gums
- Gums that look as if they are pulling away from the teeth
- Frequent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
- Loose teeth or the feeling that teeth are moving
Stay proactive with your oral hygiene to protect your heart and general health. As a bonus, you’ll be able to keep a healthy smile hopefully for the rest of your life.
Good oral hygiene includes:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush, using fluoride toothpaste
- Flossing every day
- Using mouthwash to remove particles loosened by brushing and flossing
- Eating a healthy diet and limiting sugar intake
- Replacing your toothbrush on a quarterly basis
- Obtaining regular dental check-ups and cleanings, every six months
- Avoiding all types of tobacco
If you are an employer who wants to help your employees stay healthy by offering dental insurance and would like to see some cost effective options, give us a call today at (888) 225-8244.