We know that regular oral hygiene is important for healthy, strong, white teeth. Plus good oral and dental hygiene can help prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. However, did you know an unhealthy mouth can lead to diseases and infections in the rest of the body? Your mouth is a window into what’s going on in the rest of your body, often serving as a helpful vantage point for detecting the early signs and symptoms of ill health.
There are over 500 species of bacteria thrive in your mouth at any given time that are continuously forming plaque (bit gross, isn’t it?) and if not removed, can cause gingivitis. Gingivitis can eventually result in the loss of your teeth. But the consequences of poor oral health may not end there. Research suggests that there may be an association between oral infections (gum infections like gingivitis) and poorly controlled diabetes, cardiovascular disease and preterm birth.
Of course, a good dentist (like Oasis Dental Studio) can check for any signs of oral or health issues.
So how do we prevent gingivitis and other oral issues? Well it is quite simple really:
Use a good quality toothpaste and toothbrush. An electric brush is a worth while investment, as they can clean better and reach where manual toothbrushes can’t. You should aim to brush your teeth at least twice a day (morning and at bedtime) for optimum dental health.
Dental floss helps to prevent gum disease by getting rid of pieces of food and plaque from between your teeth. If you don’t like the feel of floss, you can always buy an electric air flosser.
As well as freshening your breath, mouthwash is an effective tool in the fight against tooth decay, gingivitis, as well as the promotion of healthy teeth and gums.
Regularly see your dentist. For someone with very little risk of cavities or gum disease can do fine seeing their dentist just once a year. People with a high risk of dental disease might need to visit every three or four months, or more.
We hope our tips help with your oral and subsequent overall health!