February 21, 2016

Understanding the importance of regaining heart health, President Barack Obama designated February as American Heart Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease is the number one killer in the United States, and preventing it starts with eating right and exercising. The health of your mouth has a direct link to the health of your heart, and preventing gum disease in Westchester, CA, through proper oral care is of the utmost importance.

What Is Gum Disease?

When you make a habit of not brushing or flossing regularly, a sticky substance called plaque coats your teeth, eventually edging its way below the gum line. This causes inflamed gums, or gingivitis, which allows more plaque to form in pockets created by the extra space as the gums pull up from each tooth. When gingivitis is left untreated, you may be diagnosed with periodontal or gum disease. Here are the signs you may have a gum problem:

  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding before or after flossing
  • Loose teeth
  • Receding gums

The longer and more frequently plaque is allowed to remain, the more opportunity it has to enter the bloodstream or be swallowed throughout the day. The bacteria cause fatty plaques to develop on artery walls, which helps lead to heart disease.

Flossing and Brushing

The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis. This can be reversed with regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings twice a year. To make the most of your daily routine, take a look at the recommended brushing and flossing techniques:

  • Brush for at least two minutes.
  • Reach all inner and outer sections of your upper and lower teeth.
  • Brush at a 45-degree angle, sweeping away from your gums.
  • Use back-and-forth movements on the chewing surface of your teeth.
  • Use 18 inches of nylon or PTFE floss.
  • Slowly and gently follow the shape of each tooth, reaching above the gum line.

Bi-Annual Appointment

Along with other healthy decisions, finish American Heart month with refreshed oral care habits to help prevent both gum and heart disease. Let us ensure your teeth are in great condition with an exam and cleaning every six months. Give Dr. Glenn Sperbeck a call today at (213) 986-9180 to schedule an appointment and fight gum disease in Westchester, CA.



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