Oral Health

How Oral Health Affects Overall Health

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Why are dentists always making such a stink about good oral health habits? If you’re not brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, flossing once a day, and seeing us for regular checkups every six months, you could be putting more than just your mouth at risk. Here’s something you might not know—your dental health affects your overall health. Continue reading our blog post to discover how they correlate!

Unhealthy Mouths Make for Unhappy Frowns

If you’re not keeping your teeth and gums healthy, you could be exposing yourself to harmful bacteria that can make you sick. Plaque and tartar accumulate if you don’t brush your teeth daily at home and regularly receive professional dental cleanings. They then produce acid that wears down at the hard casing around your teeth (called enamel) and makes you susceptible to tooth sensitivity, tooth decay, tooth discoloration, and tooth infection. Poor oral care encourages bacteria to grow, leading to serious health issues such as gum disease.

Gingivitis, Periodontitis & Advanced Periodontitis

Gum disease is linked to diabetes, heart disease, acne, and pneumonia. If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, you could have gum disease and should contact us for treatment:

  • Receding, tender, red, bleeding, or swollen gums
  • Pockets between your gums and teeth
  • One loose tooth or multiple loose teeth
  • Halitosis (also known as bad breath)

Tips for a Healthy Smile

While advanced gum disease requires specialized treatment, there are a few things you should always be doing at home to promote healthy gums and strong teeth, regardless of their current condition. Be sure to follow these tips:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time
  • Floss every day
  • Rinse and gargle with an alcohol-free mouthwash
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Replace your toothbrush every three months
  • Visit Highline Dental every six months for cleanings and checkups

Importance of Preventive Care

Always remember that it’s a lot easier to prevent dental issues than it is to cure them! Keeping your teeth and gumline as free of plaque, tartar, and decay as possible is your best bet for keeping your mouth and the rest of your body strong and healthy. To schedule your next cleaning and checkup at our Richmond dental office, contact us today!

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