What’s the worst thing that can happen if you don’t brush and floss well? You can DIE.
We tend to think that brushing our teeth, flossing and a visit to the dentist (at least 1x/year) prevents tooth decay and gum disease – IT DOES. But have you ever thought to yourself that maintaining good oral health prevents heart disease, stroke, bone loss and infection – IT DOES.
Your gums and digestive track, starting with your mouth, provide many opportunities for disease-causing microbes to enter your body. Even when you have a healthy immune system, if your teeth or gums aren’t healthy, they can serve as a gateway for infection. Studies have shown a definitive connection between poor oral health and increased risk of heart attack and stroke, systemic infections and bone loss.
The Benefits of Great Oral Care
1. Prevent Oral Cancer
Good oral care reduces the risk of oral cancer and regular checkups allow dentists to examine any abnormality early and increases the risk of complete cure. One person dies of oral cancer every hour of the day.
2. Prevent Gum Disease
Gum disease, or “gingivitis,” affects gum tissue and, when left unchecked, the bone which holds teeth in place. Poor gum health (think, gums always bleed when brushed or flossed) is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Most gingivitis can be treated and reversed. For more on preventing gum disease, click here.
3. Maintain Good Physical Health
Brushing and flossing twice a day, with an annual, if not semi-annual visit to the dentist, keeps your teeth and gums healthy and allows for early problem detection. This helps keep you and your body in the best physical shape.
4. Prevent Tooth Loss
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Regular dental check ups and cleanings, brushing and flossing are vital to keeping as many teeth as you can. Keeping your teeth means better chewing function and ultimately, better health.
5. Have a Bright and White Smile
Coffee, tea and tobacco stain teeth. Twice a day brushing and flossing help reduce this effect. Semi-annual visits to the hygienist for cleaning can give you a bright, white smile.
6. Prevent Bad Breath
The leading cause of bad breath, or halitosis, is a dental problem. Brushing, flossing … and tongue scraping, in conjunction with professional cleaning can eliminate most of this. A strong mouth wash is to halitosis as a Band-Aid is to a deep cut, it only works for a few minutes. For more information, click here.
Has it been more than a year since you had your teeth cleaned? Take time TODAY to call and schedule your appointment with the hygienist within the next 30 days.
BASIC MOUTH HEALTH
- BRUSH 2x/day, for 2 minutes
- Use a soft or medium bristle toothbrush
- Hold brush at 45 degree angle, make small circles
- Apply gentle pressure
- Replace brush every 3 months or sooner if bristles are worn
- FLOSS at least 1x/day; between all teeth
- SCRAPE or brush your tongue to remove bacteria every day