The Year of the Mouth

Did you know that 2011 is “The Year of the Mouth?” It’s true, according to The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH). This means that the AAOSH is trying to promote overall bodily health, starting with your mouth.

The AAOSH was founded last year and is made up of a network of dedicated health care leaders. I’m Dr. Randy LaFrom of LaFrom Dentistry, and I am a founder and advisory board member of AAOSH, so I want my patients to be aware of what we stand for.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, your oral health has a huge impact on your overall health. In fact, studies are piling up connecting poor oral health to some of the most dangerous diseases, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s, not to mention arthritis, pneumonia, and pregnancy complications.

There are a few ways to ensure that you are taking great care of your mouth. First and foremost, come see me for regular dental check-ups and cleanings. I recommend seeing my healthy patients every six months. If you have oral or general health problems, I may ask you to come in more frequently. At these appointments, I will check your teeth and gums to make sure that they are healthy and working properly. I will also screen for things such as periodontal disease and oral cancer. Believe it or not, this is your best method for maintaining a healthy mouth.

That being said, it is imperative that you keep up daily at-home dental hygiene habits. This includes brushing and flossing. I recommend that my patients brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. This is the only way to keep your teeth and gums free of sugar and plaque, which often cause tooth decay and gum disease.

By just following these simple guidelines, you will already be on your way to achieving a healthier mouth, and a healthier you. Unfortunately, it just isn’t common knowledge that proper oral health can add years to your life. The AAOSH is trying to change that.

For more information about the AAOSH philosophy, please visit the website or contact my office in Cupertino, California at (408) 996-8595.

~ by cupertinodentist on January 21, 2011.

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