Author: Stacy Stein, DMD

Tips to Combat Tooth Decay & Gum Disease

An effective daily oral health routine includes brushing, flossing, and limiting the amounts of sugar you eat. If used properly, all types of toothbrushes are effective. Whether you choose electric or manual, what is important is that you choose one that works well in your hands and that you will use it at least twice a day. If followed daily, this simple routine will help you to eliminate cavity causing bacteria, to reduce the occurrence of tooth decay, and to help you keep your teeth for a lifetime.

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Healthy Gums = Healthy Heart

Did you know that gum disease can lead to a heart attack? Did you know that the bacteria in dental plaque can enter into your blood stream through bleeding gums and stick to your heart valves? Do I have your attention? I hope so! When you spit after brushing your teeth, does your saliva appear to be pink or red? If the answer is yes, it is likely that you have gum disease. Gingivitis, also known as gum disease, and periodontitis, an advanced stage of gum disease with bone loss, are common infections among people with diabetes. People with Type 2 diabetes are twice as likely as a non-diabetic to develop gum disease. Many of you have already heard these tips before, but gum health is beneficial to everyone and especially for people who have diabetes, so here goes: Brush your teeth and gums at least twice a day, preferably after every meal. Use a soft bristle toothbrush. Use a gentle touch when brushing your teeth. If you brush too hard and/or use an abrasive toothbrush, you brush away the protective enamel from your teeth. Brushing away enamel can lead to tooth sensitivity and weakened teeth. Consider using an electric tooth brush. Studies show that an electric toothbrush removes significantly more plaque than by using a manual brush. Many electric toothbrushes have sensors that detect if we are brushing...

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