“Imagine if every time you wash your hands your cuticles bleed,
would your response be to stop washing your hands for a few days?”
You would most certainly rush to the nearest clinic! We encourage you to do the same for your oral health by having a comprehensive oral examination at least once in your life as a start. This helps to ‘benchmark yourself’ and prevent gum disease.
What are the dangers of gum disease?
Gum disease has visible symptoms but they are not usually accompanied by pain, which is why many overlook the condition.
What you need to know is that gum infection is connected to so many dangerous health conditions such as:
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Autoimmune conditions
Dr Ron narrates the case of his 62-year-old patient who was suffering from rheumatoid arthritis,
“I had a patient who couldn’t walk a few years ago, and it came to the point where he couldn’t even get out of bed to go to the bathroom until his doctor made the dental connection. He had been like that for two years and was not responding to medications or supplements. His medical practitioner thought there might be a dental connection….there was. We diagnosed him with advanced periodontal disease and found a significant amount of infection, which we were able to treat, allowing the patient to not only walk but actually cycle from Sydney to Perth and back ….not all periodontal treatments have that outcome but it highlights its importance .”
Can brushing and flossing teeth prevent gum disease?
Brushing our teeth and flossing is something we do habitually to maintain good oral hygiene and to contribute to the prevention of gum disease.
At SHDC we recommend these oral hygiene practices to our patients:
- To avoid gum disease, floss gently once a day at night, rinse your mouth, and brush your teeth
- Whether you use an electric toothbrush or a handheld toothbrush, you should focus on physically removing bacteria that might cause gum disease and tooth decay off the surface of your teeth…use the two minutes as a mindfulness exercise….a win-win-win.
How do you treat gum disease?
You may believe that brushing your teeth thoroughly every day will prevent gum infections, but brushing your teeth is not a 100% guarantee of preventing gum disease. Tooth brushing is a habit and if we miss 10% of the tooth surfaces we have in our mouth one day, then it’s likely we do that every day. It’s that 10% that could develop into inflammation or infection like:
- Gum infection
Once you have determined you may have gum disease, you must begin taking measures to treat and prevent it, such as:
Here at SHDC, we have figured out how to better fulfil our patients’ needs by realising that whatever work we do has the potential to affect the entire body, and it has been a wonderful experience for us to see the dental profession in general progressively evolve toward a more holistic approach.
We urge you to discuss not just your oral health but also your overall health with our qualified dental professionals at SHDC.