Making The Case For Good Oral Hygiene

 

Everyone has an excuse for not taking great care of their teeth at home. They’re busy. They’re tired. But, taking good care of your mouth, teeth and gums is a worthy goal in and of itself. Good oral and dental hygiene can help prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease—and can help you keep your teeth as you get older. Plus, a healthy mouth may help you ward off medical disorders.

So, what happens when you don’t pay close attention to your oral hygiene?

An unhealthy mouth, especially if you have gum disease, may increase your risk of serious health problems such as heart attack, stroke, poorly controlled diabetes and pre-term labor. Many people have bad breath, clinically called halitosis. Although it can be a symptom of another condition, it is usually caused by poor oral hygiene. Food debris that stay in between your teeth break down and bacteria in your mouth are attracted to it and multiply. This buildup, along with the breakdown of the food and the growing plaque on your teeth and tongue, causes you to have unpleasant breath.

Another development of poor oral hygiene is gum disease. Do your gums bleed when you brush and floss? If they do, there is a possibility that you already have gum disease or it is well on its way. It starts with gingivitis, where your gums become swollen and bleed easily. The condition when left untreated turns into periodontitis (gum disease), and this can turn into a chronic problem. Patients are best served by cleaning between their teeth every day. Cleaning between teeth with floss or inter-dental cleaners removes bacteria and food particles where a toothbrush can’t reach. In fact, early gum disease can often be reversed by daily brushing and flossing.

 

Losing a tooth or several teeth is also a clear sign of poor oral hygiene. Gum disease will lead to decaying teeth. That decay will turn into an infection inside the tooth, eventually causing the tooth to fall out. Losing teeth has an unfortunate ripple effect that may potentially cause further deterioration of the mouth, specifically with the jawbone.

When you do not clear your mouth of bad bacteria, it can spread anywhere in your body, leading to pneumonia and other respiratory problems. Studies have also shown that poor oral hygiene can dramatically increase your risk of developing dementia, diabetes, kidney diseases, and heart diseases. But the reality is that in just a couple of minutes, your teeth can get all the necessary attention they need, ultimately causing overall improvement to your overall health.

What’s equally important as taking care of your own teeth, and overall oral care, are your twice-yearly professional cleanings and exams with the Royal Dental team. Having regular visits with our experienced staff will allow us to see early signs of poor oral health, and enable us to develop a plan especially for you. Call us at 713-330-7700 to schedule your appointment today.

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