Modern women have a number of complex concerns when it comes to staying healthy and enjoying increased vitality as they age. Since people are living longer and staying socially and professionally active beyond middle age, staying tuned-in to the latest information can give you the necessary knowledge to maintain optimum health.
Though more men suffer from periodontal disease than women – 38% as opposed to 70% – women seem to have more risks associated with it. Until recently, a link to breast cancer was a lone risk factor in the cancer category for women who suffer from gum disease, but a recent study broadens that risk to include gallbladder cancer, esophageal cancer, melanoma, skin cancer and a 14% overall increased risk of any type of cancer. The risks associated with gum disease also increase with age.
There Is Good News
The good news is that if you have a healthy mouth, gum disease is entirely preventable.
Here are the best ways to avoid gum disease:
- Brush your teeth properly twice (or more) daily
- Floss each side of each tooth daily
- Eat a healthy diet
- Visit your dentist regularly
- Address bruxism (teeth grinding) early
What Does Visiting Your Dentist Regularly Mean?
For healthy patients, twice-yearly dental cleanings and exams may be enough to keep your gums healthy unless a medical condition develops. If you suffer from gum disease or have had periodontitis in the past, you may require three to four – or even more – dental visits per year to keep the infection under control. It all depends on your current medical conditions and your ability to care for your teeth at home.
If you would like a Springfield dentist to help you get back on track for a healthy smile, we welcome you to call and arrange a dental appointment with Dr. Shane Ruggless. Our preventive approach to dentistry makes it possible for every member of your family to enjoy a fresh, beautiful smile.