Oral Health Is Connected To Overall Health
Your mouth is a window into the health of your entire body. Taking care of your mouth, teeth, and gums does more than help you ensure you have a bright, white smile. A healthy mouth and healthy body go hand in hand. Good oral hygiene can improve your overall health, reducing the risk of serious disease. Read on to learn more about ways to improve your oral health.
How to Maintain Good Oral Health
While everyone’s oral health situation is different, there are a few basic strategies that are known to improve overall oral health. Seeing a dentist at least twice a year for a thorough examination is at the top of the list. Brushing twice a day using a gentle brushing technique is also recommended, as is flossing between teeth daily to remove the buildup of bacteria that is left behind after brushing. Another recommendation is to avoid eating or drinking anything high in sugar. Sugars greatly encourage the growth of bacteria and can easily cause oral hygiene to diminish. The same could be said for snacking frequently between meals. If always brushing after snacks or meals isn’t possible, that is when the increase in bacteria and decay becomes evident.
Warning Signs to Look Out For
Poor oral hygiene can lead to serious health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory infection. If you notice any of these warning signs, it is time to call our office for a visit:
- Gums that bleed during brushing and flossing
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Loose or separating teeth
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Change in the way teeth fit together when biting
Even if your oral health is good right now, it is important to know what warning signs to look out for, as oral health can change quickly and often.
It is extremely important to stay on top of your oral health. If you have any concerns about your teeth and gums or need to schedule your next appointment for a thorough examination, please call us at our Canandaigua office today. From our family to yours, we wish you good health!