Regular, diligent oral hygiene isn’t just important to keep your teeth and gums healthy. It’s also a vital part of your overall health regimen. Strong, healthy teeth help you eat better, and preventing gum disease also helps reduce your risk of other, very serious issues.
Why is Oral Health So Important?
The most obvious reason to maintain good oral hygiene is so your teeth don’t develop cavities. Decay can lead to tooth loss, and it can even spread into other teeth if it’s left untreated. Cleaning your teeth regularly is the best way to prevent cavities. It’s also the best way to prevent gum disease and tooth infections.
One of the most surprising side effects of gum disease is that it increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. Doctors are not yet sure of the connection, but bacteria from the mouth can travel to other areas of the body through the circulatory system, creating inflammation that seems to contribute to heart disease. Bacteria found in the presence of gum disease has also been found in the brains of people suffering from Alzheimer’s. Keeping this bacteria in check by brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist regularly could reduce the chances you’ll eventually suffer from a heart attack, stroke, or dementia.
Keeping Your Mouth and Body Healthy
The basic tenets of good oral hygiene are fairly straightforward. Brush regularly, floss daily, and visit your dentist about every six months. Preventative dentistry such as professional cleanings, fluoride treatments, and sealants can add another layer of protection against cavities. Your dentist will also check for signs of gum disease and screen for oral cancer. Maintain a good diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, and be sure to get enough calcium, which helps your teeth stay strong.
If you notice any unusual symptoms that could indicate cavities, gum disease, or damage to your tooth, let your dentist know as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and treatment is the best way to ensure a full recovery and prevent the loss of your teeth.
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