You hear it all the time: eat better and exercise more to improve your health. Yet that advice overlooks the easiest thing you can do—take better care of your teeth and gums. Many people do not realize the connection between a healthy mouth and a healthy body.
While it is obvious that good dental hygiene helps you maintain a healthy and radiant smile, and conversely, poor dental hygiene can lead to bad breath, tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss, but that’s not all. Research has found poor oral health can also lead to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and many other conditions. Your mouth is home to millions of bacteria, some of which are good for oral health, while others can cause disease. When bacteria enter the bloodstream through cuts or sores in your gums or other areas in your mouth, they can cause infection or inflammation elsewhere.
While regular dental checkups and cleanings are always a good idea, your daily dental hygiene habits play an essential role in keeping you as healthy as possible. One of the best ways to maintain good oral health is through preventative care, such as brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing every day or using a Waterpik, and using an antimicrobial mouthwash.
It’s also no secret that what you eat affects your overall health, and certain foods may be even better (or worse) for your oral health. For example, foods high in added sugars should be avoided as they can increase tooth decay, while foods high in calcium (for example, cheese) can help strengthen teeth enamel and promote healthy bones and joints. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is also beneficial as they provide essential vitamins for optimal nutrition. Additionally, staying away from sugary drinks like soda or energy drinks can help protect against tooth decay and cavities.
Regular checkups with your dentist are also essential. During these checkups, your dentist can identify any potential issues before they become serious problems that require more involved treatment. Regular checkups also allow for preventive treatments such as fluoride varnish which can help keep teeth strong and prevent cavities from forming. Furthermore, regular visits with your dentist will help you stay on top of any existing dental problems so that they don’t worsen over time. Therefore, we recommend that you visit our office at least twice a year for routine cleanings and checkups so that we can help you maintain optimal oral health. During these visits, we will look for signs of gum disease and cavities as well as check for any other issues that may need attention such as jaw pain or TMJ disorder.
Everyone needs to understand that oral health significantly impacts their overall health. Consistent preventative care can keep your smile looking beautiful for years and maintain your physical and mental health. With good oral hygiene habits in place now, you’ll be setting yourself up for long-term success when it comes to staying healthy now and into the future!
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