Teeth and Gums and the Rest of Your Body

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is the best thing you can do for your oral and overall health. If you follow the Chittenden Dental Blog, you will remember how important oral health is to the rest of your body. In fact, research indicates a link between gum disease and heart disease.

Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy to Prevent Disease

Brushing, flossing and using an antibacterial mouthwash every day goes a long way in preventing gum disease and tooth decay, but oral hygiene habits also keep your heart healthy.

Your dentist in Burlington explains that bad mouth bacteria easily make its way to the rest or your body flowing through your blood vessels.

That bad bacterium is actually plaque that will line the walls of your arteries make it difficult for blood to make its way to your heart. This will eventually result in congestive heart failure and/or a heart attack.

Regular Dental Checkups in Burlington

While twice-yearly dental checkups, more often if you are prone to tooth decay and gum disease, are important, so are comprehensive dental examinations.

During a comprehensive dental exam in Burlington Dr. Mike Morris from Chittenden Dental is able to check your teeth, gums, tongue, cheeks, neck, and the rest of your mouth for anything that looks unusual.

If white patches, unusual lumps, or bumps or sores are discovered, your Burlington dentist may recommend a biopsy for further investigation.

Remember, your dentist is usually the first to notice if something isn’t right with your mouth and the rest of your body. Ask Dr. Morris how often you and your family should schedule comprehensive dental examinations for oral and overall health.

Pay Close Attention to Your Teeth

You are the only one who sees your teeth and gums every day. If something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t.

Be sure to check your mouth, teeth, and gums and don’t forget your restorations. Old silver amalgam fillings crack, chip, and leak leading to other oral health issues. While the jury is still out about amalgam, cracked fillings will cause issues such as decay in the healthy part of the tooth.

Ask Dr. Morris and his team to check your dental restorations regularly. You might not notice a crack or chip, but Chittenden Dental will.

Smile it’s Good for Your Soul

The best thing you can do for overall health is smile. Dr. Morris is the first to tell you that smiling reduces stress and makes you feel better about yourself. Smiling also makes you more attractive and more likely to be successful in life.

Make it a habit to smile when you get up in the morning. You will notice a difference when it comes to the rest of your day. Everyone else around you will notice too.

If you would like to learn more about healthy teeth and gums call now. Your teeth and gums and the rest of your body will love you for it and so will you.

Call for a dental checkup in Burlington today.


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