“Good oral care not only keeps your teeth and gums healthy – it also helps to keep you healthy,’’ says Dr. David Wagner of Northwood Dental in Clearwater. “Studies have shown a relationship between gum disease and heart disease and diabetes.”
Good oral care is much more than brushing twice a day, says Tami King, a dental hygienist at Northwood.
“Along with brushing, we recommend regular flossing – at least once every 24 hours. Using a dental rinse is also good,’’ she explains. “And regular visits to the dentist to find problems when they’re small ones.
“Preventive care is always less expensive than repair.”
During regular preventive care visits, dental hygienists examine the gums, searching for inflammation and misaligned teeth as well as pockets that can hold the anaerobic bacteria which cause periodontal disease. With diagnostic tools such as x-rays and
tools that measure the depth of the pockets that they discover, hygienists and dentists can determine just how far the gum disease has progressed.