Good Morning From T-Lofts! Finally!
I hate going to the dentist! Believe me there is nothing that literally scares me more than going in for my quarterly (yes, quarterly) checkup.
It always starts the same way. The anxiety begins about two weeks before my appointment. I see myself in the chair and the hygienist scowl at me with disappointment. “You have been a bad patient,” as she waves her scraper in my face. Goggles blood-riddled with tartar and food particles that have been accumulating since my last exam just three months earlier!
They are scary images! Why have I become so paranoid and obsessed with the health of my teeth? Why do I go so often? Well, I saw my Dad have horrible problems with his teeth and gums as he got older and I began to suffer the same fate about 10 years ago. Even though I brushed my teeth regularly, my gums had receded to a point where my “gaps” were almost all sixes and sevens.
Then after going in for intense scaling in an attempt to better the numbers (the most grueling experience of my life), my dentist highly recommended that I start flossing. She informed me that those gaps could eventually lead to a serious gum disease called periodontitis; which could then lead to hepatitis, cancer, diabetes and even cardiovascular disease and strokes.
Yup! she said that oral bacteria can enter the blood stream through the gums and eventually affect the heart. I was stunned! I had no idea!
In fact, she said that people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without. That put my fear at an all time high. Not only did I start flossing after every meal (remember, I eat at least six times a day), I also began using a water pick twice daily.
Since then, my numbers have decreased tremendously! Now my gaps are all ones and twos!
So, if you want to continue to lower your risk of getting cardiovascular disease it’s best to exercise your gums as well as your body!