“Oral health” — what does that term mean to you? Perhaps it means no new cavities at your dental exam; a mouth free of pain or decay. To some, oral well-being means that their teeth work work well with no sensitivity. And the favorite is a smile that brightens up the room!
The truth is, oral well-being involves all of these and more. It involves every part of your mouth, including the teeth, gums, tongue and everything in between. What might surprise you is how much effect your oral health has on your overall well-being.
Sicknesses in the mouth that begin small can quickly become huge, painful and expensive — greatly affecting the rest of the body. Left untreated, for example, gingivitis becomes periodontitis, a serious form of gum infection that ends up in loose teeth that often fall out. In turn, missing teeth result in a loss of jawbone and poor eating due to the inability to chew properly. Universities even link severe gum infection to an increased risk of heart disease.
The moral of the story: take care of your oral health now and avoid big side effects later!
Your Role: A Regular Routine
What is an effective program of personal oral hygiene? It all starts by eradicating your teeth’s primary enemy: plaque.
Plaque is the sticky, colorless layer of organisms that forms on your teeth. The creatures found in plaque create big side effects, so it pays to eliminate it on a regular basis. Brushing your teeth (at least) twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, combined with flossing at least once daily, considerably reduces the amount of plaque on your teeth.
Good eating habits and a healthy lifestyle also play a large role. You don’t have any say over genetic factors that determine the state of your mouth. But you do have say over:
- How much sugar you chew (and when you chew it),
- The sorts of foods in your diet (for example, eating hard foods like apples and carrots increases jawbone density),
- How consistently you exercise,
- Whether or not you smoke,
- How consistently you see our Carmichael dentists.
Taking positive steps in these areas makes the biggest difference in experiencing good overall oral well-being.
How Our Dentists Can Help
Do you usually wait until you until you have dental pain or discomfort before seeking out our Carmichael dentists? Remember that the dentists at the Marconi Dental Group are trained doctors whose objective is to help you prevent huge side effects before they occur.
Through our regular examinations, we clean the hidden plaque deposits that lead to complications, if left unabated. Our dentists also investigate for indications of tooth decay, many infections, including gum disease, and early indications of serious problems such as oral cancer. In addition, we’re available to answer all of your inquiries and provide advice as required.
So when’s the last time you had a dental examination? Contact us today! We’re happy to help you take the required steps for a healthy mouth — and a better future. In the meantime, explore this Oral Health section of our website for more information about your own personal routine for keeping your mouth healthy.