We don’t talk about it enough, or even at all, but it’s a very important topic when it comes to your health. So let’s talk about something different today!
Did you know that teeth are the only part of your body that can’t heal themselves? This is why it’s so important to take care of your teeth and dental health. Here are a few reminders why you should remember to brush, floss, and see a dentist for regular check-ups:
1) Healthy teeth improve oral hygiene.
Everyone wants to have a good smile, but they don’t realize that their teeth can develop bacteria and plaque. This is not healthy for your teeth or oral hygiene.
Everyone has a biofilm on their teeth. This sticky film of bacteria fills up the spaces in between your teeth when you eat sugary foods. Tooth brushing and flossing get rid of the plaque before it hardens into tartar that can lead to cavities, gingivitis (gum disease), and tooth loss.
2) Tooth decay can lead to other health problems.
The most common side effect of tooth decay is gum disease. Studies have shown that Gum disease (periodontitis) is associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease. And poor dental health increases the risk of a bacterial infection in the bloodstream, which can affect the heart valves. (Source: mayoclinic.org)
Diabetes can even affect tooth and gum health. Managing your diabetes is important in caring for teeth and gums, but so is being diligent in practicing good oral hygiene.
3) Boosts your self-confidence!
A healthy smile can boost self-confidence and make you feel more attractive. This is especially true of teeth that are straight, white, or sparkling clean! A mouth with good dental hygiene is a happy mouth!
4) Brushing and flossing will reduce bacteria in your mouth.
If you brush teeth twice a day and floss once per day, it can help reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth. Bacteria in teeth or gums will lead to plaque buildup which causes tooth decay and gum disease.
Flossing removes food particles that have been stuck between teeth (where the toothbrush can’t reach) which can lead to bad breath or worse problems later on.
5) Regular dental check-ups may help you avoid expensive procedures in the future.
You should visit your dentist because they are the ones who can provide you with preventative care that can help you to avoid health problems. They’ll be the ones to help you maintain a healthy mouth and body so that you can avoid common dental problems such as cavities, gum disease, tooth decay, etc. A good dentist can warn about what oral health issues you might face in the future so that you’re able to take preventative measures against these problems and not wait until they happen.
We hoped this served as a reminder that you should visit your dentist. Because, they are the ones who can provide you with preventative care that can help you to avoid health problems. And we want to see you smiling!
When was the last time you visited your dentist? Leave them in the comments below!