What exactly is gum and tooth bone disease, also referred to as Periodontitis? According to experts at the Mayo Clinic, “It is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and destroys the bone that supports your teeth. Periodontitis can cause tooth loss or worse, an increased risk of heart attack or stroke and other serious health problems.”
That’s disturbing news. Not only does allowing gum and bone disease to go untreated bring about infection and tooth loss, it can also cause a heart attack or stroke. What data is there to support this?
An article on WebMD states – “The evidence isn’t clear yet, experts say, but it’s intriguing. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to have coronary artery disease (also called heart disease). And one study found that the presence of common problems in the mouth, including gum disease (gingivitis), cavities, and missing teeth, were as good at predicting heart disease as cholesterol levels.”
According to Dr. Roger Yang, DDS – of Irvine Dental Center, located in Irvine, CA, “while gum and tooth bone disease is certainly serious, it is also preventable. Proper brushing and flossing will help keep your teeth and gums healthy.”
PROPER WAY TO FLOSS WITH STRING
Oral-B, a provider of tooth floss recommends the following ways to floss your teeth.
1. Wind: Wind 18 inches of floss around middle fingers of each hand. Pinch floss between thumbs and index fingers, leaving a one- to two-inch length in between. Use thumbs to direct floss between upper teeth.
2. Guide: Keep a one- to two-inch length of floss taut between fingers. Use index fingers to guide floss between contacts of the lower teeth.
3. Glide: Gently guide floss between the teeth by using a zig-zag motion. DO NOT SNAP FLOSS BETWEEN YOUR TEETH. Contour floss around the side of the tooth.
4. Slide: Slide floss up and down against the tooth surface and under the gum line. Floss each tooth thoroughly with a clean section of floss.
WATER TOOTH FLOSSING
Dr. Yang goes on to say, if you are not a fan of string flossing, water flossing may be just as beneficial. According to an article posted by Waterpik®: “Water flossing is supported by science. Long before the first clinical study compared water flossing to dental flossing, many dental professionals stated their patients preferred water flossing. And they were extremely happy with the results. The science supports what dental professionals have been seeing chair-side for years: Water flossing is an easy and more effective alternative to string floss.
Clinical studies show that water flossing is up to:
• 51% more effective than dental floss for reducing gingivitis
• 2X as effective as dental floss at reducing gingival bleeding
• 29% more effective as dental floss at removing plaque”
“No matter what type of dental floss you use,” Dr. Yang goes on to say….”just be sure to use some type of floss in the prevention of gum and tooth bone disease.”
If you suspect you may have some sort of gum or tooth bone infection or disease, or would simply like to consult with a trusted and honored dentist in and around Irvine, CA, call Dr. Yang to schedule your free consultation @ 949.551.5888. He will work with you to get your teeth and gums back on the road to excellent dental health.