Dental Hygiene and Your Overall Health
Your oral health is closely linked with your overall health. Recent studies indicate that signs of problems with your general health can begin as problems with your oral health. If you suspect that you have an oral health problem that is linked to an issue with your general health, or if you have any other concerns with your oral health, Dr. Frame, dentist in Santa Clara, can help.
Signs of problems with your general health show up in some surprising ways. For example, warts in the mouth may indicate that the patient has HPV, and thrush can indicate that a diabetic patient’s blood glucose levels are uncontrolled. In addition, some oral health conditions can cause problems with the general health. For example, the bacteria that cause periodontal disease have been linked to respiratory infections and heart disease.
The first step for taking care of your oral health is having good oral hygiene. Make sure that you are brushing your teeth at least twice per day with a soft bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste that contains fluoride. In addition, you should floss your teeth at least once per day to remove the bacteria, food particles, and sugars from between the teeth.
Having regular cleanings and dental examinations can also help to maintain your oral health. During the examination, Dr. Frame, expert in teeth cleaning in Santa Clara, looks for signs of oral health problems that you may not even be aware of, such as small cavities. In addition, his hygienist performs a professional cleaning that can remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar from hard to reach places. Call Dr. Frame’s office to schedule an appointment.
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