The way you care for your teeth and gums matter. The state of your oral health can be directly linked to how well you perform daily oral hygiene. In fact, you might be surprised at how big an impact proper oral hygiene can make on your oral health and your overall wellbeing. In addition to keeping regular appointments with our family dentist, we strongly encourage our patients to practice meticulous oral hygiene in accordance with the American Dental Association’s recommendations.
Following are lesser-known ways that proper oral hygiene can benefit you:
- Reduced risk for periodontal (gum) disease. Gum disease afflicts up to half the United States’ adult population. Advanced gum disease can erode bone, the gingiva, and teeth. Daily flossing and twice-daily brushing can greatly reduce your risks of developing periodontal disease.
- Fresher breath. Brushing and flossing helps control oral bacteria, which is the chief contributor to unpleasant odors.
- Whiter teeth: thorough oral hygiene controls surface stains and the surface debris that discolor and dull teeth. Proper oral hygiene can help you enjoy a more vibrant smile.
- Save on oral healthcare costs. Practicing great oral hygiene helps prevent the development of diseases that can be costly to treat.
- Lower your risk for other health conditions. Chronic health issues like diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease are linked to certain oral health conditions. Protecting your health with good oral hygiene could help reduce your risks for developing serious health concerns.
When it comes to learning about oral hygiene, we recommend speaking with our family dentist or consulting the ADA’s website. Children and adults alike should brush their teeth two to three times a day and floss every evening. It’s important to use soft-bristled toothbrushes and ADA-approved toothpastes and dental floss. Our practice is here to help improve your oral hygiene techniques and recommend products that protect your teeth and gums.
Call DeSanti Family Dentistry today to reserve an appointment with our family dentist.