GUM DISEASE and YOUR overall Health.

As Humans we are also prone to gum disease just like other animals. Animals also do have tooth and gum problems that includes gum infections. All of us have gum disease that stands out at some stage or another- They are either mild , moderate or severe. None of us are free of it. The longer it stays unchecked in our mouth, so does the likelihood of increased damage to the bone and gums surrounding each tooth. The best way to keep in in check is to visit our dentist at least every 6 months. This period can vary from, 2,4, or 6 months based on your clinical situation and the severity of the gum disease which you may have. Only your Dentist may be able to assess the frequency in which you fall. It has to be customized for you and you only.

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There is also a very strong link between gum disease and heart disease. The bacteria from the mouth is carried to the rest of the body through blood. This includes the heart. The bacteria from the mouth is transported to the heart and its valves. It may tend to reside within the heart valves and start multiplying unseen. As this sequencing progresses, systemic symptoms start appearing leading to much more complications at both local and systemic levels in your body. So let’s fight this invisible but deadly enemy together by nipping the problem in the bud. There is no point treating its symptoms when the root cause of the problem is of gum disease. All that is required of us is to pay a visit to our Dentist at least 2 times a year. Without teeth, a person tends to develop indigestion( due to lack of chewing), phonation and aesthetics are affected (the speech and looks), texture and consistency of facial muscles are affected ( they become flabby), and it also makes us appear old. Even if one teeth is missing it tends to ripple as a result of gum disease, getting worse as time progresses.

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Gum Disease is also dubbed a “silent killer” similar to Hypertension. Since hypertension is highly publicized in the media and gum disease is not, people are not aware of it at all. Hence the treatment of gum disease has taken a back seat all these years. Time to bring it to the spotlight by switching its seat to the front. Since there are usually no painful symptoms displayed in the early stage of gum disease, people do not even know that they have them. To compound this problem, there is lack of awareness and the lack of education on the topic. Your Dentist is an excellent source of FREE education on gum disease and other dental related diseases. Make use of their expertise , knowledge and experience. INVEST in your dental health. Preventive dentistry has come a long way from its humble beginnings. Materials have changed drastically for the better, techniques have been perfected to be more conservative and long gone are the days when pain management was non existent. Today visiting a dentist to get preventive dentistry done is like a walk in a park. It is a good experience. Lets focus our attention on prevention than on cure. Because prevention is away better than cure. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a fresh feeling in your mouth all the time. Wouldn’t it be nice to be disease free all the time.

Today we see that new businesses has popped up around oral Hygienic and someone out there is making money from our lack of competence on maintaining our own personal Hygiene. There are many adjuncts available to facilitate and maintain our mouth. But are we using them to our advantage? Definitely not. A mouthwash or a fresh mint gum nor any gadget is NOT going to save us from gum disease. They are only a disguise. But if we use these tools in our arsenal to fight gum disease rather than to cure it we may be the ultimate beneficiary to our own health. Mouthwashes, and fresh mint gums are designed only to mask the symptoms of gum disease. They do not in any way treat or take away the disease.

We are bombarded with ads and information for all sorts of cancer on TV, radio and social media. Have we been exposed to any information on Oral Cancer? Maybe never. The fact: The survival rate for Oral cancer is just 20% when compared to other types of cancers. Regular cancer screening is recommended for early detection. Remember the word prevention. The causes of Oral cancer may include:

  • cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco and snuff, among others
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Excessive sun exposure to your lips
  • A sexually transmitted virus called human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • A weakened immune system
  • And many more.

Physicians are not doctors of the mouth, but Dentists are. Physicians take care of the rest of the body minus the mouth. This is what they are trained for. When it comes to matters of the mouth, Your dentist is your only friend and hope. So be nice to him or her. Pay him or her a visit at least two times a year. Your Dentist cannot do it alone. You need to team up and keep up with 50% of your bargain. It is in fact a True partnership for life. If we go to our dentist only once a year or only when it hurts, we are not doing ourselves and our health a good service. This tells us that we have no interest in maintaining our own health. Today, People spend more money buffing up their car and buying stuff rather than investing in their own health.  It is a mindset that is lacking in priorities. INVEST IN YOUR HEALTH, NOT ON STUFF. Because stuff becomes obsolete very soon. So listen to your body on what it says, treat it as yours. And It is not a product. It is YOU. Because once health is gone, everything is gone. Visit your dentist today and make him or her your friend, a partner to boost your health. Your teeth and gums will thank you for it daily and for years to come.



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