Everyone knows that have good oral hygiene is important, not only for your appearance, first impression, but also for your overall health, as well. Did you know that poor oral care can also lead to a variety of dental and medical problems? It can lead to not only gum diseases and infections but also to bone loss, heart disease, stroke and more serious medical conditions than you might think.
How to Practice Good Oral Hygiene
The American Dental Association has published guidelines available today so that everyone can develop good oral health habits, and they are very easy to follow. It starts with purchasing both a toothbrush and toothpaste that bear the ADA seal of approval. Good oral care begins with brushing teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning and then again at night. Brush for at least two minutes per session.
Because just as much bacteria reside on your tongue as there are on your teeth, you should also be sure to brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth. Between brushing, be certain to floss your teeth daily, especially after a meal. Flossing not only gets food particles out from between your teeth, it will also reduce the amount of bacteria that builds up around your gums. According to the ADA, flossing can also lengthen your lifespan by reducing the possibility of infections.
The American Dental Association also recommends that you have regular visits scheduled every year with your dentist or dental hygienist. You should have regular examinations at least once every six months to maintain good oral health. Should a condition develop that will warrant more visits, your dental care provider will let you know.
Good Reasons for Regular Dental Visits
First and foremost, regular dental visits, combined with good oral care are the most effective way to prevent oral cancer. If you schedule regular visits for dental cleaning, your dentist can also screen you for symptoms of oral cancer. It can be cured if caught early enough.
Gum disease is an infection that affects the gums and bones in your mouth, and is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss. If it is caught early, it can be reversed. Recent studies have linked heart attacks and strokes to gum disease, so a good cleaning every 6 months will also reduce your chances of heart disease, strokes and gum disease.
Halitosis, or bad breath, can also be prevented with regular dental care, and good oral hygiene, because it is often caused by infections in the gums and teeth, or by bacteria. And, finally, your dental hygienist can also help to remove stains from tobacco, coffee and tea through tooth whitening, resulting in your best smile ever. And, should you need veneers or other cosmetic dentistry done, your regular checkups are an excellent way to discover the options open to you.
Source by Juanita Swindell