Taking good care of your teeth and gums lowers the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and Alzheimer?s disease.? Brushing five minutes a day can add years to your life, not to mention improving your looks and your breath. In fact, neglecting to brush, floss and skipping dental visits can actually be fatal.
- Not brushing every night boosts the risk of death by 20 to 35 percent.
- Never flossing increases the mortality risk by 30 percent.
- Not seeing a dentist every year raises the risk of death by up to 50 percent.
That?s not all. Those who wear dentures have a 30 percent higher mortality risk than those with 20 or more of their natural teeth.
What?s the connection between oral health and long life?? Gum disease is a threat for heart attacks and strokes. If you have inflammation of the gums, connective tissue, and bone supporting your teeth, your risk of a fatal heart attack or stroke doubles.
What are the warning signs of gum disease?
- Red, swollen or tender gums or mouth pain.
- Your gums bleed when you brush, floss or eat hard food
- Your gums are pulling away from your teeth (your teeth look longer than they used to)
- Loose or separating teeth
- Pus between your gums and teeth
- Sores in your mouth
- Persistent bad breath
- A change in the way your teeth fit together)
The solution is easy: brush your teeth twice a day, and before you go to bed.
- Use fluoride toothpaste
- Brush your tongue
- ?Floss once a day
- Use an antiseptic mouthwash.
- Don?t smoke
- See your dentist regularly
A trained, professional Home Care Nurse can assist you with bathing, dressing and the?oral hygiene needed to?ensure that?your?teeth along with?the rest of your body remains healthy.