Everyone could use a boost to their dental routine! In this post, we invite you to enter to win an exciting giveaway of a product designed to improve your oral health. We also talk about a few health conditions that, due to an increased risk for oral health issues, require diligent oral hygiene and regular monitoring by our True Dental team.
Enter now on True Dental’s Facebook page or True Dental’s Instagram page for a chance to win our giveaway of the Waterpik® Sidekick Water Flosser. Be sure to like, share, and tag family and friends. This fun and easy-to-use Waterpik cleans deep between teeth and below the gumline to remove harmful bacteria and debris that brushing and traditional flossing can’t reach.
- Must be 18+ years old to enter
- Must live within 10 miles of True Dental (1257 Annapolis Road, Odenton, MD 21113) to enter
- Winner must be present at the office to claim prize
- Winner must be OK with a photo op to be put on our Facebook page
- This product is not for resale
Conditions That Can Negatively Affect Oral Health
Your oral health is a window to your overall health. That’s because the signs of some medical conditions and certain medications can be detected inside the mouth. Brushing, flossing, and biannual dental checkups are necessary for everyone, but diligent oral hygiene is of critical importance for those with pre-exisiting health conditions that cause abnormal changes to their dental health. Adding a water flosser to your daily oral care routine may help combat potential oral health issues if you are affected by any of the following:
Those with diabetes have a higher risk of tooth decay, bacterial infections, and gum disease due to increased glucose levels in saliva, impaired blood circulation in the gums, and a reduced ability to fight off bacteria in the mouth. Moreover, in a vicious cycle, gum disease can negatively affect blood sugar and cause diabetes to progress even further. If you have diabetes, ask our True Dental team for tips to improve your oral hygiene routine. And be sure to regularly consult with your doctor on how to better control your blood sugar with a healthy diet, exercise, and medication.
An overactive thyroid (“hyperthyroidism”) increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, and can cause osteoporosis in the jaw and subsequent loosening of the teeth. If you have thyroid issues, our expert dental team will create a customized treatment plan to manage the oral effects of your condition!
Gum disease can also be caused by anemia. Anemia is characterized by improperly functioning or a deficient number of red blood cells, which carry oxygen to tissues of the body, including the gums. There are a number of different types of anemia caused by a variety of issues, from blood loss to vitamin-deficiencies to health conditions that destroy red blood cells. Many people do not know they even have anemia until it is diagnosed with a blood test. If you regularly experience cold hands or feet, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, pale or yellow skin, pounding or “whooshing” in your ear, and/or chest pain, consult with your doctor to determine if you may have anemia.
- Dry Mouth
- Mouth Sores
Dry mouth can be caused by some antihistamines used to treat allergies, diuretics used to treat high blood pressure, and antidepressants used to treat anxiety. Saliva deficiency is harmful because saliva plays an important role in removing bacteria-causing food particles and neutralizing damaging acid. If you experience chronic mouth dryness, consult with our team about potential relief with a saliva substitute and/or dry mouth oral rinse.
Treatments for cancer can be especially harmful to the mouth. Chemotherapy medicines often wreak havoc on the gums and tongue, which can cause bleeding, sores, and infections. Treatments for HIV/AIDS can cause similar oral issues, and the virus itself leads to a compromised immune system, which increases the risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and other problems like oral warts, yeast infections, sores, and blisters.
We Can Help Manage Your Oral Health Issues!
An electric toothbrush and a Waterpik Sidekick Water Flosser are excellent ways to boost the effectiveness of anyone’s oral care routine, so be sure to enter our water flosser October giveaway on our Facebook page or Instagram page. And if you experience any of the aforementioned oral health issues, our True Dental team is here to provide additional help to relieve your dental discomfort and improve the health of your mouth. Contact us for information about proper dental hygiene and to schedule your next checkup and cleaning at our Odenton, MD dental practice.Contact Us