While it’s good to rely on your dentist to improve the health of your smile during each visit, playing a more active role in your health can help ensure your well-being. Prevention can go a long way toward preserving, not just your oral health, but your physical health overall; after all, the state of your teeth and your health are strongly linked, and a decline in one can affect the other. Maintaining good oral health habits at home can not only improve the quality of your life, but make individual visits with your trusted dentists go by faster and easier.
Brushing & Flossing: Essential Routines
Brushing twice a day is a common routine that helps prevent the buildup of harmful plaque and development of oral disease, but the importance of flossing cannot be overstated. Flossing is too often neglected in favor of less involved tactics like rinsing with mouthwash, but combined with brushing it is as essential to your oral health as staying hydrated. Developing a daily routine that incorporates daily flossing can prevent the development of tartar, a buildup of plaque that can lead to cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss if not removed by a professional.
There are other small considerations to make throughout the day as well. Our teeth are susceptible to staining, and drinks like coffee and wine can easily leave our teeth with an unfavorable shade if left unchecked. Since sugary drinks and snacks can prove dangerous to your oral health as well, many dentists recommend rinsing your mouth with cool water after meals or drinks. This will remove excess sugar that can linger in your teeth and feed bacteria.
The Importance of Staying Clean
Several dental issues, including periodontal disease, have been linked with other health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. While one doesn’t necessarily cause the other, oral disease can worsen the symptoms of diabetes, and vice versa. What we ingest and how we keep up with our oral hygiene can easily determine the state of our health.
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If you’re already keeping good oral health habits it’s important to maintain them, not just for the sake of your smile but also your overall health in general. At Dental Esthetics and Wellness Center, Kathy Soleimani and her team are ready work with you to achieve a smile that is both healthy and beautiful. Call today to learn more about prevention and schedule an appointment!