Dental Hygiene and Your Health
Most people are aware that poor dental health can lead to discoloured teeth and bad breath. As it turns out, that is the best case scenario.
Some of the latest research shows that not taking care of your teeth can actually shorten your life span. The bacteria caused by plaque from leftover food in your mouth can seep into your bloodstream.
This happens through the simple process of eating, drinking and swallowing. It turns out that the same bacteria can get into the arteries surrounding the heart, making heart disease a very real concern. Maintain your oral health.
Periodontal disease (an inflammation of the gums that has reached a point of severity) can be a factor in a whole group of health issues. Find out more.
The bacterium that seeps into the bloodstream from periodontal issues may not only cause heart disease, but also stroke, chronic respiratory disease, pneumonia, diabetes and pre-term or low birth weight babies.
Why? Because there is a direct connection between what goes on in the mouth and what goes on in the rest of the body. Treat and care for your mouth and the rest of your body might have a fighting chance to ward off some of these serious diseases.
Visiting the Dentist
See your dentist on a regular basis. Regular checkups and professional cleaning are also extremely important to maintain that healthy smile.
This will also prevent major issues arising and your dentist will be able to spot any problems during the appointment. The main purpose of a check-up is to ensure that your oral health is intact.
Cleaning Your Teeth Properly
Brushing your teeth a minimum of twice a day with fluoride toothpaste is arguable the most essential component to the maintenance of good oral health. If you are after more advice, visit the NHS website.
It is essential that you always brush before bed.
If you do not floss, you are missing more than one third of your tooth surface. It is especially important to get children to floss.
Most kids have healthy teeth but once they approach adolescence, some of these kids who had perfect mouths, start to develop cavities between their teeth. Usually it is not because they are doing something wrong, but rather a direct result of changing hormones. See the top flossing tips.
Flossing as a preventive measure has been show to significantly reduce these cavities caused by simply growing up.