Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Health Tips for February 25

Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis

Gingivitis is a disease of the mouth that can damage the gums, ligaments and sockets that surround the teeth.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, people with these risk factors should be extra careful about preventing gingivitis:

  • People with poor dental health or dental hygiene practices.
  • Pregnant women, as certain hormonal changes can increase gum sensitivity.
  • Diabetics who can't manage or control their disease.
  • People with teeth that are poorly aligned, or with braces or fillings with rough edges.
  • People taking certain medications, including birth control pills and phenytoin.

Health Tip: Tobacco and Oral Health

You know that tobacco is bad for your health, and your mouth is no exception.

The American Dental Association says smoking or chewing tobacco can cause or contribute to:

  • Cancers of the mouth.
  • Gum (periodontal) disease, which can lead to lost or sensitive teeth.
  • Bad breath, stained teeth, and even a stained tongue.
  • Reduced ability to taste and smell.
  • Slower healing after oral surgery.

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