It’s so important to practice good dental hygiene. By maintaining good dental hygiene practices, you are also assuring your overall health. Dental problems such as tooth decay, cavities or gum disease can lead to other health risks such as:
- Chronic inflammation
- Heart disease
- Premature births
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
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. Mark Sowell and his well-trained staff at Sowell Sensational Smiles use advanced digital technology to correctly diagnose and treat dental problems in a less invasive manner. 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.