ORAL HEALTH MONTH
The Ordre des dentistes du Québec is celebrating Oral Health Month with the theme “Your mouth says more than you think…” to highlight the links between oral health and overall health.
In addition, to mark this event, the Order made a short humorous video that encourages people to floss daily to maintain good oral health. It features a tube of toothpaste, a box of dental floss and a toothbrush performing the floss, a dance very popular with young people.
Studies have found links between gum disease – also known as periodontal disease – and other medical conditions. This is because the bacteria in dental plaque, or the substances it produces, it thought to be capable of reaching different organs. As a result, periodontal disease may be a risk factor for cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.
Bacteria that cause periodontal disease can contribute to the formation of atherosclerosis, characterized by a narrowing of the arteries that can lead to the obstruction of a blood vessel.
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The bacteria found in dental plaque (the deposit that builds up on teeth), can be inhaled into the lungs where they can cause an infection or exacerbate an existing lung disorder.
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People with diabetes have a higher risk of suffering from periodontal disease and, consequently, must practice preventive periodontal care more often. This is particularly true for people whose diabetes is unmanaged because they have lower resistance to periodontal disease. Find out more »
It is important to always inform your dentist of any change in your general health (medication, allergies, etc.).
THE IMPORTANCE OF REGULAR DENTAL EXAMINATIONS
You should have regular dental examinations, even if you maintain good dental hygiene. The purpose of this examination is to prevent dental problems, diagnose the condition of your mouth and propose an appropriate treatment plan, if necessary.
The frequency of dental examinations depends on your particular needs and other factors, including your oral health, the consistency of daily dental care (e.g., brushing and flossing), your general state of health and your lifestyle. During the examination, the dentist may change the recommended frequency of visits, if need be.
You should pay the same special attention to the health of your mouth and teeth as you do to your overall health.
If your gums bleed regularly when brushing or flossing, and if the bleeding persists, it may indicate the presence of periodontal disease.