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Healthy Teeth

Did you know that healthy teeth can lead to a healthy heart? It has now been proven that periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, can lead to heart problems. Plaque and tartar can come loose and be swallowed, causing blockage in arteries. Your best bet to avoid heart trouble from gum disease is to prevent the disease from starting. Symptoms of periodontal disease can be very subtle, so knowing the signs to look for can help prevent you from tooth loss or with advanced stages of the disease, heart trouble. Why risk losing your teeth when all it takes is some regular dental care?

Look for these symptoms to see whether you may already have gum disease:

swollen or red gums
slight bleeding after brushing or a red tinge on the toothbrush
deep pockets in the gums
receding gums
moving or loose teeth
bad breath

If you do not have any of these symptoms, don't think you are free and clear of gum disease. You may be at the beginning stages, which is the best time to see your dental hygienist for a complete cleaning. The hygienist can tell you if you are at risk for gum disease and also show you how to best prevent it. Keeping healthy teeth is a hygienist’s main concern. Most people think that periodontal disease will be noticeable on all teeth but in reality it can hit only the back teeth, making it much harder for you to diagnose yourself.

If you want healthy teeth, be sure to see your dentist regularly. Visit a dental hygienist at least every six months and learn the best ways to care for your teeth at home. Special sonic toothbrushes are known to help keep plaque and tartar from ever forming. Since everyone is different, you will want to ask your dental care provider, for their recommendations on keeping your healthy teeth.