Proper oral hygiene and general tooth care are important for maintaining both a beautiful smile and your overall health. While many dental patients realize that adequate brushing and regular cleanings can keep your breath fresh and teeth white, they may not realize how important tooth care is to avoiding disease and larger dental conditions.
Why Tooth Care is Important
By taking preventative measures to clean and care for your teeth you are investing in the future of your health and smile. Many serious cosmetic and health conditions can be avoided by taking simple steps at home and in the dentist’s office.
Poor oral health care can lead to the following conditions:
- Stained teeth. Over time your teeth can yellow due to age or also because of the foods and beverages we consume. By taking care to brush your teeth regularly you can avoid advanced yellowing of your smile.
- Bleeding gums. Bleeding gums can be one of the initial signs of gum disease and is often brought about when teeth are neglected at home.
- Gum disease. When advanced beyond bleeding gums, gum disease can lead to pain and discomfort as well as tooth decay or even the loss of teeth.
- Tooth decay. Tooth decay is almost entirely preventable with proper at home tooth care and professional dental cleanings. If left to grow, tooth decay can deepen, spread and lead to other diseases of the body.
Easily Take Care of Your Smile
Good oral health care is not far off when you take a few simple steps to improve your dental hygiene. Some important steps for protecting your smile from stains, gum disease and tooth decay include:
- Visit your dentist regularly. Often recommended twice a year, visits to your dentist can help identify larger dental conditions as well as professionally clean and polish your teeth. Professional cleaning is important because no matter how much you brush at home, plaque can build up on your teeth and harbor bacteria that can only be eliminated with professional removal. Additionally, your dentist can perform screenings for oral cancer as well as x-ray your mouth to screen for jaw conditions and advanced decay.
- Brush and floss at home. Brushing twice a day is important. You should consider brushing after every meal if you’re able to in order to further preempt decay and gum disease. Be sure to use fluoride toothpaste and brush your teeth and tongue thoroughly to eliminate germs and bacteria. As important as brushing your teeth is, flossing is equally as important and often ignored at home. By flossing your teeth at least once a day you dramatically reduce your chances for disease and improve the health of your mouth.
- Maintain a healthy diet. By avoiding foods and beverages that are high in sugar you will not only protect your overall health but you will also help keep your teeth healthy. Sugars left behind in the mouth help breed bacteria that cause decay and gum disease. By reducing your sugar intake and staying hydrated with water, you’ll help limit the growth of bacteria in your mouth.
Maintaining proper oral hygiene is not a time consuming or expensive practice. However, it is necessary in order to avoid larger dental issues down the road. By brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist regularly you can prevent pain, discomfort, time and expense treating avoidable dental conditions.
Contact Family Dental Group today to learn more about maintaining the health and beauty of your teeth.