Hey! Yes, you! You matter! Let’s talk about an important way to show your body that you care!
Yep! We’re talking about your dental health and, in turn, your overall wellbeing! Your mouth is there for you to help with communicating, both verbally and non-verbally, breathing, and eating. Your confidence is conveyed through the communications that start from your mouth, including both your teeth and your smile! It is quite difficult to imagine living without a functioning mouth!
Did you know that your oral hygiene and dental health practices impact your entire body? In fact, many health problems, including oral health, are preventable just by intentionally caring for your teeth! So, let’s dive in and see why it is worth your time to invest in your dental health!
- Daily Habits are Healthy Habits
Plaque build-up is a leading cause in gum disease which leads to heart disease, cancer, and other illnesses. Flossing, brushing, and using antibacterial mouthwash are simple daily habits that can prevent not only cavities but also gum disease and other illnesses.
Check out this fact: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 31.6% of adults between the ages of 20 and 44 currently have untreated cavities AND that 46% of adults over the age of 29 already have gum disease. While this is shocking news, matters are made worse by the fact that this is preventable by employing simple daily oral health routines.
- Your Overall Health
Proper hygiene habits and a nutritious diet benefit not just your teeth and gums but your entire body’s health and wellbeing. Preventing gum disease can lead to reducing the risk of other complications, including heart disease, certain types of cancer, respiratory problems, kidney disease, joint inflammation, and even diabetic complications.
Having healthy daily habits is important AND so is keeping routine dental visits a priority. Just like you go to doctors for other annual check-ups, it is extremely important to visit your dentist every 6 months for routine cleanings, x-rays, and check-ups. Just remember, prevention is WAY easier than treating a problem that does arise! Besides, consistent proper care is FAR more comfortable (and affordable) than treating problems that do arise!
- Your Teeth Are Worth Your Investment
Daily habits, such as flossing, brushing and using mouthwash, most definitely help with caring for your teeth and oral hygiene. It is also very much worth your time and money if you see a dentist regularly, every 6 months, for a full cleaning and exam. Look at this cost and prevention as an investment in critical resources rather than “just another expense” because the pain of dental problems and payment for their repairs can be mostly avoidable.
At Park 56 Dental, we are dedicated to safely and comfortably helping you care for your smile. Our talented staff are compassionate about our services. Contact us today to make an appointment and invest into the quality and caring of and for your smile! So, what are you waiting for? Contact us today to schedule an appointment at (646)679-3989!
Your smile says it all! But what exactly does it say? Dental hygiene is not just important for a great smile, it also contributes to your body’s overall health. Caring for your teeth can decrease risks of gum disease, heart disease, dementia, respiratory problems, and even cancer. Risk prevention is easier than you think if you follow these simple habits to develop healthy hygiene.
Brush Your Teeth 2-3 Times Daily
Using the right toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste will prevent food from getting stuck between your teeth as well as plaque build-up, which can lead to bad breath, cavities and gum disease. Brushing morning and night are common habits, but brushing after each meal may also help with build-up, preventing gum disease and bad breath. It is recommended to brush in a circular motion for 2-3 minutes and cover each section of your mouth so that each tooth has been properly noticed.
In addition to brushing, choosing the right toothbrush is also important. Whether you are choosing an electronic toothbrush or a regular tooth brush, make sure that you are replacing it (or the head, with an electronic toothbrush) every 3 months to reduce the amount of bacteria growing and potentially causing harm.
Be honest! It is easy to answer your dentist or hygienist with a false and emphatic, “Yes!” when asked if you’ve been flossing. However, you know the truth and your body does, too. It is a beneficial habit to floss your teeth daily. This routine cleaning provides even more care for removing food from between your teeth and prohibiting harmful growth of plaque or allowing cavities to form. Bleeding gums when you floss can indicate gingivitis or even a lack of healthy gums but this can improve over time, so stick with it! If flossing is something that your sensitive teeth have difficulty tolerating, try a water pick instead.
Whether you are choosing floss or a water pick, make sure that you are working to dedicate time to developing healthy dental hygiene habits so that your next dental visit can be an honest one!
What More Should You Do?
Other suggestions for healthy oral hygiene include brushing your tongue and even using an antibacterial mouth wash. Tongue scrapers can be purchased and can help with removing bacteria from your tongue and improving your breath. Antibacterial mouth wash can be the final touch to your daily routines and can help remove any bacteria that may have been able to hide from your toothbrush or floss.
Now your daily oral hygiene habits are off to a sparkly, fresh start. What other habits should you let go of?
There are some bad habits that are actually more than just indulgences. What you put into your mouth and body impacts your whole body’s health. So, take care of you and your mouth!
- Limit coffee, tea and coke and drink with a straw to prevent the harmful acids from settling onto your teeth.
- Say NO to tobacco! No smoking or chewing tobacco!
- Eat a nutritious diet of fruits, vegetables, fish, and chicken to encourage healthy teeth but also a healthy body overall!
- Limit sugary foods! The harmful bacteria in your mouth gets fuel from sugary foods and drinks. By limiting what you eat you are promoting a healthier mouth.
Now that you are ready to focus on a more complete oral hygiene regiment, make sure that you also schedule dental appointments regularly to assist with preventative care and a positive care plan that will impact your whole body! At Park 56 Dental, we are here to serve you! Give us a call at (646) 679-3989.
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