Take a bite out of this.

Good health starts with our mouths. Not only do the things we ingest (food, drink, air) play a major role in our health, but also dental hygiene!

When most people think of dental hygiene, they may think of just our teeth. But the state of our gum health is directly proportional to our teeth: how they look and how healthy the roots are. If you notice that your gums are red, puffy, shiny, spongy-looking, or sensitive when you brush and floss, you may have or be prone to getting gingivitis.

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Look at this guy, showing off his pearly whites.

Gingivitis is preventable, by keeping plaque build-up off of your teeth. Regular brushing and flossing is key, as poor dental hygiene is the #1 cause of gingivitis.

However, gingivitis can also be a sign of other health issues (including but not limited to):

  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • Hormonal Changes (including use of some birth controls)
  • General Illness

Did you know that maintaining good oral health can reduce the risk of cardiac problems? My dentist’s office has a sign up that says, “It’s not just about saving teeth anymore; it’s about saving lives.” It’s true! Studies have shown a direct correlation between plaque on our teeth and plaque in our arteries. If it’s been more than 6 months since your last dental check-up, do yourself a favor and make an appointment!

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