Did you know that 80% of adults in America have gum disease? Are you aware that the condition of periodontal disease can cause major oral systemic health issues? This means that when your gums are infected and unhealthy, your overall health can greatly suffer as well. Fortunately, periodontal infections are preventable. Together, you and the Reno dentists at Wager Evans Dental can guard your health against gum disease through terrific preventive dental care, including six month dental cleanings and checkups.
Due to an increase in oral health awareness, most people take good care of their teeth at home by brushing and flossing regularly. However, more serious problems, like gum disease, cavities, and tooth decay, are not easily detected from home. For this reason, it is important to schedule regular visits with your dentist for routine check-ups and cleaning. Often, oral health problems do not become visible or cause pain until the advanced stages. Scheduling an appointment with your Dayton dentists, Dr. William Wager or Dr. Brian Evans, will allow either of them to identify early signs of disease and help you take preventative measures.
Michael Douglas recently battled oral cancer, but thankfully, he seems to have recovered quite well. Until hearing about his situation, many Americans hadn’t thought much about oral cancer. You might find these statistics quite startling:
Oral cancer claims more than 8,000 Americans, that’s one person every hour of every day, each year.
This year, approximately 37,000 Americans will receive a diagnosis of oral or pharyngeal cancer. Half will live more than 5 years.
Risk factors include smoking and drinking alcohol, but anyone can develop the condition.
The dentist screens for oral cancer at checkups and could be your first line of defense against oral cancer.
Did you know that 80 percent of adults in the United States have gum disease, and the condition can cause major oral and systemic health issues? Luckily, gum disease is preventable. Together, you and the dentists at Wager Evans Dental can guard your health against gum disease.
Five Easy Steps to Gum Disease Prevention
Brush your teeth twice daily. Brush for at least two minutes at a time. Be sure to gently clean and massage teeth and gums. This removes plaque and bacteria, both of which can cause gum disease.
Floss at least once daily. This removes food debris, plaque, and bacteria from between teeth.
Eat a balanced diet. Cut down on refined sugars, sodium, and saturated fats and eat plenty of vegetables and fruit (especially apples, carrots, and celery, which clean your teeth).