The Benefits of Maintaining Great Oral Health
Oral hygiene is something that most of us hear about repeatedly. We’re told from the time we’re very young that we have to maintain a high level of hygiene in order to keep our teeth bright and white.
However, great oral health can actually go beyond just your teeth, and there are a number of important benefits to keeping your teeth healthy and clean.
Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body
Studies are showing that the health of your mouth may have a direct impact on the health of the rest of your body.
How is this even possible?
Your mouth houses some 500 species of bacteria right now. You don’t have to get nervous about that, though. It’s perfectly normal. And as long as you maintain your proper dental hygiene routines, those bacteria will be happy to stay right where they are and do the job nature intended of them.
However, there are some ways in which those bacteria could get into your blood stream and start to cause some serious health problems.
If, for example, you are currently dealing with gum disease, even a routine brushing could open a potential entry point for bacteria to get into your blood stream. This isn’t a big deal if you have a strong enough immune system, but if it’s not up to the task, you could start feeling sick.
The best way to deal with gum disease is to prevent it from ever happening, and that means you need to focus on maintaining your oral hygiene and coming into the office for your regular dental cleanings and exams.
Avoid Serious Problems
Over the years, we’ve seen plenty of research that shows how poor oral health can lead to significant problems. These might include:
- Heart problems – Studies suggest that people with gum disease are more likely to suffer from some type of coronary artery disease.
- Blood sugar issues – People with diabetes are more likely to have periodontal problems that people who don’t. The cause isn’t perfectly clear, yet. It could be that gum disease makes it harder to control blood sugar or it could be because diabetes makes the person more susceptible to infections.
- Respiratory problems – Gum disease has been linked to increased risk of respiratory infections, like pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Keep Your Teeth
It wasn’t that long ago that people just assumed that they would lose their teeth as they grew older. However, according to the CDC, the baby boomer generation will be the first where a majority of people “will keep their natural teeth over their entire lifetime.”
That doesn’t mean that we’ve totally solved the problem of teeth decay, it just means that more people really understand that benefits of maintaining their oral health.
However, the CDC does also say that threats to oral health still remain, and so, if you want to follow this trend of keeping all your natural teeth throughout your life, you’re going to have to get serious about dental care.
It’s All About Prevention
There are a wide range of simple things you can do to maintain a high standard of oral health. This includes:
- Come in for a checkup at least twice a year.
- Brush Your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
- Replace your toothbrush regularly to make sure bacteria and plaque can’t build up on it.
- Drink plenty of fluids to help produce more saliva and fight cavities.
- Don’t forget to clean your tongue.
- Don’t smoke.
- Avoid the acids in coffee, wine, soda, and sports drinks.
- Stick to your routine and set goals for your dental health.
We’ve all been told a lot about oral hygiene over the years, but it really is an important part of your overall health and well-being. Be sure to stick to your routines, and give us a call anytime to set up your next appointment.