There are so many reasons why taking care of your teeth and mouth are important — probably more than you think! Good dental hygiene doesn’t just make your smile more attractive, or your breath socially acceptable, it also make you a healthier person. Strange as it may seem, poor oral hygiene is a huge problem, even among those that consider themselves healthy people. In fact, 80% of the U.S. population has some form of gum disease.
So what are some reasons to mind your mouth?
- Avoid an over-worked immune system. When your immune system is already working hard and then it has to fight off unnecessary bacteria coming from your mouth, you are straining it in ways you don’t need to, opening the door to illnesses.
- Poor teeth and gum health are directly associated with heart disease.
- You are less likely to develop dementia if you have taken good care of your teeth.
- If you are pregnant or trying to conceive, take note: you are less likely to have a pre-term baby if you have good oral care!
- It is much more expensive to pay for dental work after you have not taken care of your teeth than it is to just pay the minimal amount for regular cleanings and of course your usual at home care. So, take good care of your teeth and save money.
General guidelines for oral care, as per the ADA, are as follows.
- Get regular cleanings at the dentist. (Every 6 months.)
- Brush twice a day, softly and in circular motions.
- Floss regularly (at least 2-3 times a week).
- Rinse your mouth out after each brush.
- Eat a balanced diet and avoid high sugar foods.
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