In Honor of Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's DayMother’s Day 2013 is Sunday, May 12. At PerioSciences, we know a lot about mothers. Some of us are mothers. Some of us are married to mothers. All of us have a mother.

So we speak with some authority when we say that mothers not only deserve some of our oral antioxidant products, mothers really need them.

Antioxidants are those beneficial, large molecules that neutralize free radicals by donating spare electrons. Free radicals, such as reactive oxygen species (ROS), are molecules that lack electrons and roam the body, “stealing” electrons from other normal molecules, including those that make up cell walls. An overabundance of free radicals can result in something called “oxidative stress,” which can lead to tissue damage, and even chronic conditions associated with inflammation and systemic diseases. One major systemic disease is cardiovascular disease, which can lead to heart attack or stroke. Heart disease continues to be the number one cause of death among women.

Stress, oxidative and otherwise

Free radicals, ROS, oxidative stress and systemic inflammatory diseases have complex origins and causes. But some of the contributing factors include:

  • Poor nutrition – not enough fruits and veggies, too many sweets and fats.
  • Insufficient physical exercise.
  • Not enough sleep.
  • Too much anxiety and stress.

And every mother since the dawn of time has been afflicted with one or more of these. Among mothers of infants (and perhaps teen-agers) these stressors are pretty much a way of life for months at a time.
At PerioSciences, we’re vitally interested in oxidative stress that’s related to oral problems, including gingivitis, periodontitis and other conditions. For years we’ve been raising awareness of the link between oral disease, infection, inflammation, and systemic diseases, including heart disease. Anything that can reduce the risk is important, and good oral health is critical.

But too many moms may not take the time to ensure their maximum oral health. A full two minutes of tooth-brushing or even daily flossing may just be the last thing that moms think of. And although moms may promptly take their offspring to bi-yearly dental appointments, sometimes they may put off their own appointments until the plaque builds up and gum disease gets going.

PerioSciences can help

Our products are specifically formulated to help replenish the antioxidants that are found in normal saliva. Our AO ProVantage dental gel, AO ProRinse and AO ProToothpaste deliver powerful antioxidants directly to the delicate oral tissues, neutralizing free radicals and lessening the risk of oxidative stress.

There are even more benefits to our pleasant-tasting and refreshing oral hygiene products. Moms who like to have their teeth bleached can use our WHITE CARE system to extend the whitening and to the address the damaging effects of hydrogen peroxide. And moms who have dry mouth symptoms from various medications might appreciate the soothing, moistening effects of the AO ProToothpaste, AO ProRinse, and AO ProVantage HYDRATING system.

You may not be able to do much about a mother’s stress and sleeplessness, but you can help make a difference in her oral care. Show your favorite mom how much you appreciate her with a special gift that says, “I care about you.”

To help keep the chemistry of your mouth in balance, consider using antioxidant-rich products like those offered by PerioSciences. To learn more about antioxidants in oral care, fill out the form on our blog. Also, be sure to connect with PerioSciences on Facebook and Twitter.

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