Life is too short to be worried, scared, or angry. Choose to be healthy and take care of yourself is my rant for today. My awesome patient was truthfully honest about not being committed to brushing twice a day and flossing. We laughed, as I said, well we brush the teeth that we want to keep right? Brushing helps rid of dangerous bacteria that enter the body through the mouth. It practically is the dirtiest part of your body. Can you imagine these bacteria invading your blood stream, organs and entire body?
Research has linked cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and numerous health issues with periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an infection of your gums. It causes odor, bad breath, loose teeth, spaces between teeth and bleeding. When you are healthy your gums do not bleed. So do the simple task of brushing for at least two minutes a day and floss, to have a healthy mouth. I recommend get your teeth cleaned a minimum of twice a year. And for those who don’t brush and floss twice a day, you are in active disease. You need to see the dentist at least four times a year. And when you say it’s too expensive, consider that you spend more on your cell phone and entertainment. Paying for your dental health is a part of life. And ps, if you have insurance, consider yourself lucky and not take it for granted. Health is a responsibility, not a privilege. Always do your best. -Dr Linda Ma