Not going to get your teeth professionally cleaned as often as you should?
Do you wonder why you even go?
Ever found out the answer?
Well to sum it up there are over 400 types of bacteria in your mouth. Some are good for your body and some are very bad. Bacteria that is not addressed can often lead to, you guessed it, gingivitis, commonly known as gum disease. Gum disease is an inflammation and infection of the tissue that supports teeth, which includes the gums, periodontal ligaments and tooth sockets.
In recent studies, gum disease has been repeatedly associated with physical conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoporosis. Also, gum disease may increase the risk of women giving birth prematurely and / or having low weight babies. Therefore, treating inflammation in the mouth will also help manage other chronic inflammatory diseases.
It’s a well researched fact that a healthy mouth often equates to a healthy body. But getting your teeth cleaned on a regular basis can be pricey.
If money is stopping you to get your teeth cleaned here are a few tips:
- Brush at least twice a day for 2 minutes, floss (or use other tools to stimulate your gums) 1-2 times a day and using an antiseptic or anti-bacterial rinse is great way to keep your mouth infection free. This will help reduce the need for regular professional cleaning.
- Go to a dental hygiene school or dental school – it’s more affordable and they will really appreciate your participation.
- Seek out a dental hygiene clinic in your area.
Jessica Fielding RDH
Thank you to my good friend, Jess, a dental hygienist in British Columbia for writing this post. I am proud to say that I have gone from a never-ever flosser to a 3-4x per week flosser. While my flossing and brushing habits aren’t quite up to Jess’s standards, she has never been happier with me. Seriously.