3 Reasons Why Dental Hygiene is So Important

Good Dental Hygiene Keeps Teeth and Gums Healthy!

Although genetics and diet can play a large role in whether you get cavities, regular brushing and preventative dental care help keep your teeth and gums healthy! Brushing and flossing removes the plaque that causes tooth decay and stimulates your gums to help prevent gum disease. Flossing helps reach 35% of the tooth’s surface you miss while brushing! Floss first then brush your teeth for optimal oral
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Regular Visits to Dentist Lead to Early Detection

A key component to proper oral hygiene is regular visits to your dentist. Do you go every six months? You should! Your dentist can detect not only cavities from xrays and looking in your mouth but also other oral health concerns. Vitamin deficiencies, Acid re-flux, Tooth grinding, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Heart problems, Dementia Mental health issues, Oral cancers can be discovered by your dentist. Preventive care and early detection can help prevent bigger more pricey dental and health problems in the future!

Good Dental Hygiene Prevents Certain Diseases

Infections that start in your mouth can lead to even worse health concerns. For example, gingivitis is a common inflammation of the gums. It can develop into periodontitis (Gum Disease), a much more serious infection that can cause loose teeth and tooth loss.

Infections that start in your mouth have even been linked to such complications and disease as:

Asthma

Arthritis

Respiratory problems

Coronary artery disease

Stroke

Untreated tooth and gum disease can even lead to death!

So what can “I” do to help keep my teeth and gums healthy?

Here are a few tips for practicing good oral hygiene:

Eat healthy food and avoid sugary snacks when possible

Avoid tobacco products

Rinse your mouth after meals or chew sugarless gum

Brush at least twice a day and floss once a day

Protect your teeth with a mouth guard during athletics

Get regular dental check ups