We are taught from an early age to brush and floss our teeth daily. Neglecting oral hygiene can lead to problems in your mouth that can affect other areas of your body. Knowing the connection between overall health and oral health is key to keeping problems from becoming worse. Here are four reasons why oral health is essential.
Start with Good, Daily Oral Hygiene
Many people desire a bright, white smile. Good oral hygiene is necessary to protect your oral health and overall health, in addition to giving you a brighter smile. Daily brushing and flossing are crucial to keep bacteria under control. Without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can lead to infections such as tooth decay and gum disease. Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and after meals when possible. Be sure to floss daily to get rid of pieces of food brushing alone can miss. Use a mouthwash after brushing and flossing to prevent gingivitis and gum disease by killing bacteria that can infect dental sockets and gums.
Tobacco is known to contribute to several health conditions and diseases, and your mouth is one area of concern. Smoking and use of other tobacco products can lead to bad breath, tooth discoloration, increased buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth, bone loss in the jaw, and a lower success rate of dental implant procedures, and more problems.
Protect Your Heart
While more research is needed to understand the link between oral health and heart health, studies have shown that gum disease is associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease. Poor dental health can increase the risk of a bacterial infection in the bloodstream and affect heart valves. It’s particularly important to take care of your oral health if you have artificial heart valves.
See Your Dentist
In addition to good oral hygiene, regular dental checkups and cleanings are the best way to take care of your teeth and gums.
Contact our Northern Virginia Dentists
Please call 703-214-3182 to schedule an appointment at Arlington Dental Aesthetics or 703-214-3186 for an appointment at South Riding Smiles. We serve patients in Arlington, South Riding and throughout Northern Virginia.