Regular trips to the dentist are only a small part of your dental hygiene and oral health. When you don’t take proper care of your teeth yourself at home, you’ll likely experience a number of negative consequences. Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, along with flossing once a day are critical in order to provide proper home care. Avoiding certain foods and drinks that decay teeth, like sugary soda, and also tobacco products and alcohol keep your mouth healthier. At the dentist, regular cleaning and other preventative dental care help keep you on your path to having the healthiest teeth possible. Keeping your dental care a priority both at home and at the dentist mean fewer problems down the road!
The key to healthy teeth is starting the right habits at a young age. Teaching your kids proper oral hygiene and limiting foods and drinks that can hurt their teeth sets them up for healthy teeth as adults. One of the easiest ways to make dental hygiene an easy habit is to make it fun! Setting a timer, buying toothbrushes of your kids’ favorite colors or characters, and toothpaste with fun flavors and playing music or videos while brushing are just some ways you can help your kids look forward to brushing and flossing.
Gum disease is the main reason adults experience tooth loss. Some warning signs of gum disease include bleeding gums, red and swollen gums, bad breath, unpleasant taste in the mouth and mobile teeth. Early intervention of gum disease can usually be reversed in order to avoid bigger issues in the future. Visiting the dentist for a cleaning and resuming proper oral care can provide an avenue for your teeth to return to a healthier condition.
Most people understand the dangers of smoking, but many may not know about the effects on your oral health. Smoking will certainly create staining on your teeth and can increase the likelihood of oral cancer and gum disease. Quitting your smoking habit lowers your risk for developing these diseases and can improve your smile. Breaking this habit can be difficult for many people, but it can also give you some huge benefits!
An important part of visiting the dentist regularly is receiving an oral cancer screening. During the exam, your dentist will look for signs of cancer or precancerous conditions in your mouth. Oral cancer is one that can be detected very early in someone’s mouth, and therefore, is critical to actively be looking for any abnormalities during routine care and even at home.
Our mouth is the gateway to the rest of our body. Evidence suggests that systemic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes are closely connected with our oral health. With the evidence that dental care can have more widespread benefits for our overall health, then brushing twice a day and flossing is something so minor that can make a huge difference!
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