Springfield, MO – Did you know that gum disease is linked to a host of other medical issues, including heart disease, diabetes and stroke? It’s crucial that if you suffer from periodontal disease, you maintain regular visits with your dentist to have it treated and ensure it doesn’t relapse.
“It is estimated that as many as three fourths of Americans suffer from some form of gum disease,” says Ozark dentist Dr. Nick Matthews. “What makes this important is that research shows patients who suffer from gum disease are at higher risk for diabetes, heart disease and even some forms of cancer. So visiting your dentist isn’t just for a pretty smile – it could save your life.”
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is inflammation and infection of the gum and bone tissue that surrounds the teeth. It is a primary cause of tooth loss in adults.
It is caused by plaque buildup on the teeth and is usually painless so you may not even know you have it.
Springfield, MO – Oil pulling, an oral care regimen that involves using oil essentially as a mouthwash, is gaining new followers in Western culture. While there is nothing dangerous about the practice, and it can actually be a nice supplement to a traditional dental care regimen, it should not replace traditional dental treatment with a trained dentist.
“The theory behind oil pulling is a rather simple one,” says Ozark dentist Dr. Tracy Davis. “The oil is used in the same way a traditional mouthwash would be. The patient swishes a tablespoon of oil, and the oil works to essentially pull tiny microbes away from the teeth. The oil works like a magnet, pulling bacteria that is hiding in the small crevices of your mouth out and trapping them.”
So how does it work? The tiny microorganisms that live in our mouths are covered with a fatty membrane that that is attracted to the fat in the oil. When they come into contact with one another, the fat of the bacteria will naturally adhere to the oil.