The month of October is dedicated to practicing good oral hygiene. Did you know that an unhealthy mouth, especially if you have gingivitis or periodontal disease, may increase your risk of very serious health problems? These include, but are not limited to, heart attack, stroke, poorly controlled diabetes, and preterm labor. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults, NOT tooth decay. Periodontal disease is inflammation of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth due to a buildup of plaque and tartar that is left on the teeth for prolonged periods of time. This triggers your body’s inflammatory response, and over time chronic inflammation leads to the breakdown of your bone and supporting structures around your teeth.
In essence your mouth is the gateway to your body. The recommendation from the American Dental Association is to brush your teeth two times daily for two minutes with a fluoridated toothpaste. They also recommend to floss daily to remove the plaque from between your teeth. Plaque is essentially a soft sticky film that consists of millions of bacteria. Those bacteria are what are responsible for cavities and gum disease. If left on the teeth long enough, plaque will turn into “tartar” or “calculus.” Once plaque has hardened it is only able to be removed by your dentist or dental hygienist.
To encourage all of our patients to practice good oral hygiene, we will be doing a giveaway! We will have a jar full of candy corn in our office and posted to our social media pages. Whoever guesses the correct or closest to the correct number will win an ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH! We look forward to seeing your guesses and helping you to practice great oral hygiene!
Tired of all the candy your child brings home or did you buy too much candy and nobody showed up to your house? Well stop eating it! Didn’t you know that candy is bad for your teeth, especially the hard sticky kind? We want to take it off your hands so you aren’t tempted to eat it. Just bring it to the office, we will weigh it and then give you cash for it! Candy will be purchased at $1/pound with a 5 pound limit per person.