Fairport, Pittsford and Rochester, NY
I am a big believer that knowledge is power and that through self-determination we have choices and can change our lives. Maintaining optimal health is not so difficult. After so many posts that focus on the risks of oral infection and inflammation in the body, I thought it only appropriate to lead off on a high note.
Prevention is still the strongest medicine. We all know that avoiding smoking, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep and managing stress is the key to reducing cardiovascular risk. A diet based on your DNA is also essential. Optimal wellness also includes warding off periodontal disease. To keep your teeth and gums healthy, here’s a reminder with a little editorial added for good measure:
- Brush and floss twice a day. It takes at least 24 hours for bacteria to form dental plaque or tartar that can lead to the early stages of gum disease. No excuses; just do it!
- Use proper flossing technique. Ask us at your next visit and we’ll show you again. There’s a little mojo in doing it properly and I am confident every patient can learn how to do it right!
- Brush before going to bed always! No excuses!
- Consider trying xylitol gum, lozenges, mints or toothpaste to leverage their antimicrobial effect. There’s a wonderful product in drugstores called Zellies, a product produced by a former dentist.
- Have your teeth cleaned every three months; not twice a year. Your gums will thank you.
- Ask your primary care physician about low-dose aspirin and whether it might be of value to you in maintaining optimal health.
As I am sure you’ve noted by now, I take very seriously the oral health of my patients and everyone who comes to Pittsford Dental Excellence Center. I could expound for hours on the value of early diagnosis and treatment of oral infections and systemic impact. I am always happy to answer your questions and share my philosophy of practice. Thank you for reading.