At Dental Associates of Delaware we are always striving to educate our patients on the importance of oral health. The Doctors and staff at our Brandywine, Hockessin, Middletown, Newark, Wilmington, and Millsboro, DE offices are always happy to answer any questions that our patients have. As we move towards the new year it is important that we provide information on how your oral health can affect the rest of your physical health.
Can Too Much Good Bacteria Be Bad?
Much like the rest of your body, your mouth is filled with bacteria and while for the most part it is what is considered good bacteria, there is bad bacteria as well. Under normal conditions the body’s natural defenses and good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing, can keep these bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease.
How Can Gum Disease Affect My Oral Health?
Studies have suggested that periodontal disease can be linked to other health issues such as heart disease, premature low birth rate babies and diabetes. However periodontal disease and gingivitis can easily be avoided with the proper dental care. By brushing and flossing everyday, patients can lessen plaque buildup which in turn helps to keep gum disease and tartar away.
When You Should See The Dentist
It is recommended that you visit with your dentist at least once every six months for a cleaning and screening. While it is important that you get your teeth cleaned, a typical dental appointment can indicate much more than just oral health problems. When our Doctors examine you during your visit you will also be screened for other health issues such as oral cancer.
Get Your Dental Screening Today
To book an appointment please contact our Brandywine, Hockessin, Middletown, Newark, Wilmington, or Millsboro, DE office today. We would be happy to help you set up your appointment today!