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Why Oral Hygiene is so Important!

Taking good care of your mouth, teeth and gums is a worthy goal in and of itself. Good oral and dental hygiene can prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease-and can help you keep your teeth as you get older.

When most people think of brushing and flossing, they think about a healthy smile, preventing dental carries and gum disease, and keeping their breathe fresh and minty. Proper oral hygiene is about more than clean teeth and fresh breathe; it is one of the best ways to help maintain good overall health.

Better Nutrition

Your teeth are the first step in the digestive system process besides the selection of what you are going to eat. You use them to chew your food! Practicing good oral hygiene habits helps maintain lasting durability and function of your teeth. Poor habits can lead to cavities, tooth loss, and infected or inflamed gums, all which hamper your ability to eat healthy foods. Why? Because when your teeth give you pain, you, you’r less likely to eat fresh, vitamin rich foods which lead to better long term health.

Total Body Health

Its not an easy jump to make between having clean, well-cared for teeth and being healthy overall, but science continues to find links between oral and general health. For example:

  • Women with gum disease show a greater incidence of pre-term, low birth weight babies.
  • People with poor oral hygiene show and increased risk of developing heart disease.
  • Infections in the mouth pose serious risks to other major organs
  • Problems chewing can lead to intestinal failure, irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive disorders

So what makes up good oral hygiene?

Good oral hygiene is everything you do to keep your mouth, teeth and especially your gums healthy. doing this though requires more than just brushing once a day. Make sure your daily oral care includes:

  • Brushing thoroughly at least twice a day
  • Flossing at least once per day
  • Using a mouthwash will help kill germs but isn’t totally necessary

A don’t forget-you look after your teeth on the day to day, but your dentist looks after your teeth and bone structure holistically. Your dentist can spot problem areas and treat any issues before they become more problematic. A dental professional can also help by telling you ways you can improve oral care techniques between visits. Its very important that you schedule your routine visits every 4 months instead of 6 or 12. If there is pain call immediately for an appointment so the pain cannot grow into something worse.

Contact us today at Raider General Dentistry to learn more about our routine dental cleaning services. You can also take the first step towards lasting oral care and set up your own appointment today, directly from our website.

A compelling case for good habits:
If you don’t already have enough reasons to take good care of your mouth, teeth and gums, the relationship between your oral health and your overall provides even more. Resolve to practice good oral hygiene every day. You’re making an investment in your oral, not just for now, but for your future, too.