Better Oral Health, Better Immune System

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Better Oral Health, Better Immune System

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Fair Oak Dentist Dr. Kristina Kuprienko •  Fair Oak, CA

During these times of worry regarding COVID-19, it is important to do everything you can to boost your immune system. Taking better care of your mouth will give you a better immune system. Enjoying a proper diet with essential nutrients helps to avoid diseases and chronic health conditions. A diet that is low in sugar will make it easier for your mouth to make less decay-causing plaque. Plaque is a byproduct of bacteria in your mouth and sugars in your foods and drinks. It’s also what leads to tooth decay and gum disease.

Preventative Dental Care

If you currently have gum disease or are susceptible, you should brush and floss more to reduce symptoms. The American Dental Association recommends brushing and flossing twice a day. If you have an autoimmune disease or diabetes, you should brush more often than this. You should also be seeing your dentist at least 2 times a year, if not every 3-4 months. Regular dentist visits can help keep your oral health in better check to reduce your immune system problems. Better oral health can lead to a significantly better immune system.

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September: National Gum Care Month!

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In honor of National Gum Care Month Fair Oaks dentist Dr. Kuprienko wants to encourage the health of all their patients with some educational information about oral care and gum disease.

Gum disease – or periodontal disease – is a long-term infection in your gums that if left undiagnosed and untreated results in loss of gum tissue, the underlying bone, and eventually loss of your teeth in the infected areas. Over 80% of Americans suffer from periodontal disease-inflicted damage to their gums, teeth, and surrounding bone by the age of 45.

Early signs of gum disease are:

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Gums are tender to the touch, or hot / cold
  • Gum noticeably receding from teeth
  • Bleeding easily from brushing or flossing
  • Changes in bite

Plaque is the primary cause of gum disease and bacteria found in plaque produce toxins or poisons that irritate the gums. They may cause them to turn red, swell, and bleed easily. Plaque can also harden into a rough, porous substance known as calculus – or tartar. This can occur both above and below the gum line. As periodontal diseases progress, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated, this leads to tooth and bone loss. Your Fair Oaks dentist Dr. Kuprienko and their dedicated staff will make sure you leave their office with plaque and tartar free teeth and the knowledge and tools to help keep your smile disease free.

The health of your gums plays a key role in your overall physical health. You can prevent periodontal disease with regular checkups with your Fair Oaks dentist Dr. Kuprienko and of course with daily brushing and flossing. If you notice your gums are red or bleeding easily, call your Fair Oaks dentist at (916) 675-3771 today for a periodontal checkup and cleaning.

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Dental Emergency Travel Tips

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Dental Emergency?!

No one ever plans on having a dental emergency, especially while on vacation. Whether you are traveling for fun or for work it’s important to know what you can do if one pops up on your itinerary. Fair Oaks dentist Dr. Kuprienko has some tips that can ensure you are prepared for common dental accidents.


Any small accident or issue can develop into an emergency if left untreated, so your first step in preparing for potential dental travel emergencies is to research the area for local same-day or emergency dentists, should your require urgent care.


A toothache is often a sign of infection in or around a tooth and is a very common dental emergency. Make sure to pack some Tylenol or aspirin to help in comforting the pain. If the pain becomes severe, lasts for longer than 24 hours or if you see signs of swelling, contact a local emergency dentist promptly.

Chipped or fractured tooth:

After a tooth is chipped or cracked rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek to combat potential swelling. If you break a tooth you should eat only soft foods and try to avoid food and drink that are hot and cold to the touch for the remained of your trip. If the fracture is painful or if swelling lasts longer than 24 hours contact a local urgent care dentist.

Adult tooth falls out:

If a permanent adult tooth is knocked out you will need to go directly to an emergency dentist. While in route try to place the tooth back in place and hold it there. If that’s not impossible, take care to not touch the root of the dislodged tooth and put the tooth in a container of milk or water if milk is not available. The likelihood of saving the tooth decreases after about 30 minutes so immediate response is crucial.

Tongue or lip laceration:

Biting or lacerating your tongue or lip may cause inflammation and possible bleeding. Use ice or pressure to control the swelling or bleeding, and any swelling should subside within twenty-four hours. If bleeding or swelling persists or pain is severe contact a local emergency dentist immediately.

Most importantly, visit Fair Oaks dentist Dr. Kuprienko before your trip! Coordinating one of your bi-annual dental visits with your travel plans will allow for you to voice any concerns you might have, and Dr. Kuprienko can look for any signs of issues that could interrupt your plans. Not getting a check-up before your trip can allow problems to go undiagnosed and lead to bigger, more complicated dental emergency that could ruin travel plans.

Planning your next adventure? Call Fair Oaks dentist Dr. Kuprienko at (916) 675-3771 to schedule a check-up today!

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