All too often, people neglect their oral hygiene because they are simply not aware of what they are supposed to be doing or because they underestimate the importance of proper oral health. Just a few simple steps implemented on a daily or regular basis could be extremely important for protecting your teeth and gums. Brushing and flossing your teeth are important basics, but they should also be supplemented by regular visits to your dentist.
Ignoring your oral health could have serious consequences. This is why it’s recommended that you visit the dentist every six months or at least once a year to ensure that there are no problems. Scheduling and attending these visits, in conjunction with your daily hygiene habits, reduces the chances that you will have to undergo a serious medical procedure at some point in time. What seems like small problems at first, like a toothache or bleeding gums, can rapidly develop into major and costly issues requiring oral surgery.
In addition to the medical benefits provided by regular oral hygiene, engaging in these behaviors benefits your overall confidence and social life, too. Healthy gums and a beautiful smile makes your life more enjoyable and can influence your self-esteem positively. In order to get the most out of your oral hygiene, make sure that you are both committed to it yourself on a daily basis and that you are seeing a dentist a minimum of once per year.