June 2016- Medically Managing your Mouth
First and foremost, don't ignore any blood in the sink! Blood means that inflammation is present, and that there is an avenue for bacteria to enter your bloodstream. Inflammation is commonly caused by high risk, disease causing oral bacteria.
Your Mouth is Like a Fishtank!
Chris Kammer, DDS, past president of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH) compares our mouth to a fish tank.
"Think of the saliva as water in a fish tank. Think of your teeth as stones in the fish tank. You could polish (and floss) the stones until they were perfectly clean, but if the water in the tank were dirty, the stones would immediately get dirty again. "
His point is that cleanings by your hygienist are important, and flossing is good, but more important is to create an environment of clean saliva by promoting the growth of healthy, good bacteria, and eliminating the bad bacteria.
Healthy bacteria are less adherent to your teeth, making them easier to brush away.
Healthy saliva will allow gum inflammation to heal, and will help close off the connection between your mouth and the rest of your body. It will also strengthen and protect the enamel on your teeth. The return on your effort will be very tangible:
Reduced plaque and easier cleanings
Reduce your risk of tooth decay and other diseases of your teeth and gums
Fewer unplanned trips to the dentist to treat breakdown and disease!
Most importantly, you may significantly reduce your risk of several systemic diseases