Oral Health Doesn't Just Benefit Your Mouth

Can bleeding gums and tooth decay lead to health issues beyond the mouth? You may be surprised to learn that the answer is yes.

Recent studies show that plaque and bacteria from your mouth can increase your risk of heart disease, heart attack, diabetes, stoke, rheumatoid arthritis, and Alzheimer’s disease. Untreated decay is also a risk factor for abscess which, if left untreated, can turn into a life-threatening condition.

How can you minimize your chances of developing gum disease and tooth decay while also lowering your risk of other health conditions?  By developing good oral health habits such as:

-Brushing your teeth and tongue 2-3 times a day.

-Daily flossing.

-Using a mouth rinse.

-Knowing your risk factors such as age, smoking, diet, and genetics, which can all increase the risks of developing periodontal (gum) disease. Higher risk individuals may need to come in more often for professional cleanings.

-Visiting your dentist and dental hygienist at the recommended intervals for professional cleanings and exams.

At Franklin Dental Group are goal is to help our patients achieve their best health. You can make an appointment with a Franklin Dental Group dentist by calling 415-776-1900 or through our website https://www.franklindentalgroupsf.com/

Linda Hayden, RDH Registered Dental Hygienist at Franklin Dental Group

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