Is Your Mouthwash Losing its Effect?

Effect of Mouthwash

Regularly rinsing with a mouthwash is a strong choice for your daily oral hygiene routine. A good, antibacterial wash is able to get into even the hardest-to-reach places in your mouth and kill off much of the bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease throughout the day. Unfortunately, bacteria are resilient organisms; they are constantly adapting, and every generation that is subjected to your mouthwash makes the cultures in your mouth slightly more likely to survive next time.

According to a study conducted by Clinical Research Associates, the harmful bacteria in your mouth will gradually build up a resistance to the active ingredients in your mouthwash. Using the same product for an extended period of time means that you will be getting a lesser effect later on.

In order to avoid this, try rotating your mouthwash products; if you just finished a bottle of mouthwash that uses alcohol as its active ingredient, look for a different product that uses a non-alcoholic antibacterial agent. By the time you are finished with this second product, your oral bacteria should be more vulnerable to the first again.

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The Effects of Stress On Your Oral Health

Stress and Oral Health

stressStress has a lot of negative effects on a person’s health. It can raise your blood pressure, cause your skin to break out, and even take its toll on your oral health. There are many ways that this can happen, including the following:

  • Many cases of bruxism can be linked to, or at least aggravated by stress. This condition breaks down your tooth structure and leaves you vulnerable to serious decay.
  • Gum disease can be aggravated by stress.
  • Canker sores, cold sores, and similar afflictions may sometimes be caused by stress.
  • People often manage stress by overeating, or indulging in sugary comfort foods. This encourages tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Other people resort to nervous habits when they are experiencing stress. If these habits include chewing your nails, chewing ice, or chewing anything else that isn’t food, you are putting your teeth at unnecessary risk.
  • Serious stress can lead to depression. When you are depressed, regular routines like brushing and flossing often suffer.

Contact our Bellingham Dentist

If you are plagued with stress, seek out ways to manage the stressors in your life. Meanwhile, keep your regular appointments with our Bellingham dentist, and you should be fine.

Periodontal Disease and Health of the Heart

Causing the Link: Inflammation and Bacteria

Research has revealed that if you have periodontal disease, you are almost twice as likely to have heart disease, and more so if you have high cholesterol. The same research also point out that more than 85 million Americans have some form of cardiovascular disease, while more than 200 million American adults have some form of periodontal condition. The relationship between these two systemic diseases can be attributed to the suspected role of bacteria and inflammation.

Consider this scenario. In the human body, there are always barriers between different tissues. The gums surrounding your teeth are effectively separated from other tissues such as muscles and bone. However, nerves and blood supply are continuously providing stimuli and vital nutrients to all tissues and organs of the body. In cases of gum infection, like periodontal disease, its bacteria can break down the barrier between the gums and underlying connective tissues causing swelling and inflammation.

Normal activities like chewing and brushing can cause bacteria to travel the bloodstream and invade other organs, such as the cardiovascular system.

There is a high possibility that oral bacteria can trigger a similar response that can lead to the formation of plaques in arterial walls of the cardiovascular system. In fact, the same oral bacteria have been found in the fatty deposits of people with atherosclerosis. The fatty deposits, made out of cholesterol, can break loose and clog arteries that may lead to a heart attack or a stroke. Usually, hypertensive people also suffer from high cholesterol levels that contribute to the narrowing of arteries. While scientists are still researching whether inflammation is at the root of the problem, they say it is firmly established that a link exists between periodontal disease and heart disease.

Avoid a Heart Attack: Treat Periodontal Disease in Bellingham

If you wish to know more about this link, visit your Bellingham dentist. Don’t let yourself be a statistic in the growing number of adult Americans with periodontal disease, who might also just have a heart condition.