Does fluoride, in spite of everything we’ve been told since childhood, actually cause more harm than good? Does mercury in the silver fillings in your mouth pose any long-term health risks? What does the latest research reveal about tobacco use on your overall oral health? Are there safety guidelines that dentists must follow? What types of heart conditions pose a risk?
Interest in oral health care has grown significantly since it was discovered that the bacteria that damages teeth also causes more serious health problems. The bacteria that cause gingivitis can eventually progress into periodontal disease which is the main cause of tooth loss in adults. In addition to affecting the teeth and gums, bacteria is linked to heart disease, diabetes, respiratory illness, and low birth weight in babies. Gingivitis and periodontal disease is most often caused by poor oral hygiene.
Periodontal disease starts when bacteria in the mouth interacts with sugars and form an invisible film on the teeth called plaque. The best way to prevent the problems associated with periodontal disease is to remove the plaque quickly so that it doesn’t progress. There are many new oral health products on the market today that can help clean plaque away so that you can keep your teeth and your good health.
The following oral health topics will provide you with information and resources about various issues related to you and your family’s oral health care.