Many people do not realize how important it is to practice good dental hygiene. By practicing good dental hygiene habits you are maintaining your oral health as well as assuring your overall health. In addition, you will avoid other dental problems such as tooth decay, cavities or gum disease which can lead to other health risks such as heart disease, arthritis, and chronic inflammation.
The bacteria from gum disease can travel to your heart, causing clogged arteries, stroke or heart attack. Individuals who have diabetes (high blood sugar levels) are at further risk if they get gum disease. Diabetes lowers the body’s ability to fight infection. This can make the gums more prone to infection which will cause blood sugar levels to rise.
Results of Poor Dental Hygiene
Poor dental hygiene can result in:
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Bleeding gums,
- Blisters and ulcers in and around the mouth
- Swelling inside and outside of the mouth
- Mouth cancer or chronic gum disease
These results can be embarrassing, painful and also impact your overall health, It may even cause any preexisting conditions to worsen.
Preventive Measures for Good Dental Hygiene
Preventive measures that can help you to avoid poor dental hygiene include:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day
- Using toothpaste with fluoride
- Monitoring your diet and sugar intake
- Avoiding the use of any tobacco products
- Limiting alcohol use
- Getting a dental check-up every six months
By taking these steps every day and getting a dental check-up every six months, you can prevent severe dental problems and other potential health risks.
Dr. Sal Lotardo and his well-trained staff at Bella Smiles Dentistry will diagnose and treat your dental problems. They will also provide personalized oral hygiene tips and show you the precise way to brush and floss your teeth to get the best results with your home care routine.
Time for a dental check-up
Don’t wait until you are having dental problems to schedule a visit. Remember, preventive practices are key to maintaining good oral hygiene and overall health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.