Oral hygiene, or dental hygiene, is the practice of preventing disease by keeping your teeth, gums, and surrounding tissues healthy and clean.
Maintaining good oral hygiene requires consistently brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day. You can use mouthwash to eliminate bacteria and remove any food particles left after brushing and flossing. Replace your toothbrush every three months, or sooner if the bristles are worn or out of shape.
Nutrition also plays a role in good oral health. Reducing sugary foods and beverages from your diet is important for your teeth, and eating healthy foods helps your body remain healthy in general.
Good oral hygiene also includes avoiding smoking and chewing tobacco. Smokers are 3-6 times more likely to develop periodontal disease, which can eventually cause your teeth to fall out. Even smokeless tobacco products irritate the gums and make it easier for bacteria to get under the gumline and cause decay.
Finally, keeping your twice-a-year appointments for dental cleanings and exams at Roslyn Family Dental is essential to maintaining good oral health. In addition to your routine preventive visits, call the office as soon as you suspect an oral health problem.
Failing to maintain good oral hygiene not only leads to problems with your teeth and gums but opens the door to many other health conditions. Your oral health might contribute to the following conditions and diseases:
The health of your teeth and gums plays an important role in your overall health and wellness.
In addition to understanding how your oral health affects your body as a whole, it’s also important to note the relationship between other health conditions and their effects on your oral health. The following conditions are linked to problems with oral health:
Studies also link worsening oral health conditions as Alzheimer’s disease progresses.
If you’re overdue for a dental cleaning and exam, call Roslyn Family Dental or book an appointment online to ensure your oral health is in good condition.