I am on several medications that I take daily for a variety of health problems. I am on so many medications off and on that it is sometimes hard to remember them all. One day, I was visiting a new specialist, and I forgot to write down one of my current medications on the new patient form. I was given a prescription, and just after he wrote it I remembered the medication I forgot and told him. He said it was a good thing I remembered when I did, because the new prescription he was going to give me would have interacted with it. I now keep a current list of all medications I am on that I update every time there is a change. I created this blog to encourage others to make lists of their own to keep handy, because some medication interactions can be deadly.
According to a recent study by the American Academy of Periodontology, more than a quarter of all Americans lie to their dentists about how they brush and floss their teeth. Canadians are not likely to be more forthcoming with their dentists than their neighbors to the south. In addition to the prevalence of prevarication, the study also found that more than one-third of those questioned would rather do an unpleasant task like cleaning the bathroom, washing dishes or standing in a long check-out line than brushing and flossing their teeth.
Inconsistent dental hygiene can lead not only tooth decay, but also to gum disease and even affect a person's overall health. Before you decide that brushing and flossing are tasks you can't be bothered with, take a minute to learn a little about gum disease.
1. Approximately 70 percent of Canadians and 50 percent of Americans will develop some form of periodontal (gum) disease during their lifetime. However, gum disease is not inevitable; good, regular dental hygiene can help keep it at bay.
2. Periodontal disease has been linked to a higher incidence and progression of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, some forms of cancer and diabetes. It's just another reason to keep those bi-annual dental appointments.
3. In addition to poor home oral care, a variety of factors can affect whether a person will develop gum disease. These include whether you smoke, how old you are, whether you eat a healthy diet, your health history and what prescription medications you take. While not all of these factors are controllable, many of them are.
4. You shouldn't ignore red and sore gums. They are usually the first signs of gum disease.
5. Other signs of gum disease include bad breath that won't go away even after you brush your teeth, pain when you chew your food, frequent sores in your mouth, loose and/or sensitive teeth and gums that are pulling away from your teeth.
6. While home oral care is essential to keeping gum disease at bay, it's also important to visit your dentist twice a year for professional teeth cleaning. Only a dentist or dental hygienist can remove tartar from your teeth. Tartar is an accumulation of plaque that can adhere to even the most well-maintained mouth over time.
While regular brushing and flossing can't guarantee that you'll never have cavities or gum disease, good oral hygiene can help prevent gum disease. Make sure that you brush and floss twice daily, be alert to reddening and sore gums, and visit a dentist, like those at Willoughby Heights Dental in Langley, for professional teeth cleaning twice a year.Share