births in pregnant women. One recent study has even suggested significant insight into a major villain—cancer. Several types of cancer were found to have a particular bacterium that is ONLY found in periodontal disease! Obviously much more research is needed, but there are compelling reasons why it is important to have good oral health and how it affects overall body health. Periodontal disease can’t be discussed without mentioning another great opponent—smoking. The findings are very clear and concise. Smoking increases your risk of gum disease. The longer you smoke and the more you smoke, the higher your risk. If you already have gum disease, smoking makes it more severe. And, smoking is the main cause of gum disease that is resistant to treatment! If we go back to the basics, the main goal is simply to not let plaque accumulate. As much as you hate to hear it, BRUSH, BRUSH, BRUSH & FLOSS, FLOSS, FLOSS. Just like acclimating to a new fitness regimen where the soreness fades away, the same can be said for oral health care. If you use an electric brush twice a day and floss only once a day, properly, your gums will toughen up, stop bleeding, and any soreness will disappear. Then you know you’ve reached a healthy state, and then you can properly say “but it doesn’t hurt!” —–Dina Bambrey, DMD
Dr. Dina is a NoVA native who provides care in all facets of dentistry and has been recognized as one of America’s Top Dentists since 2009. She has a special affinity for providing care to children, those with special needs, and the elderly. She is always welcoming new patients and invites you to visit her website www.dr-dina.com or call 703-726-9119.