Did you know that your mouth does more for you than just reveal a winning smile and tell you how good your pastrami sandwich tastes? In fact, your dental health can be a great indicator of your overall health and well being and that’s why it’s very important to keep your gums and teeth in great shape.
In this blog, we take a closer look at your oral health and the steps you can take to stay at the top of your game.
Signs and Symptoms
A professional dentist will tell you that by simply taking a look at the state of someone’s teeth and gums they can get a decent overall assessment of that person’s health. Lesions in the mouth might be an indication of diabetes while gum infections can be indications of poor cardiovascular health. With that in mind, it’s important to keep your mouth, teeth, and gums in tip-top shape and here’s how.
Create a Routine
The best way to keep your mouth healthy is to brush and floss regularly. That means at least twice a day, in the morning and before you go to bed. It might mean that you also include a post-lunch brush too, in order to keep your mouth feeling healthy and fresh.
The benefits of flossing might not be obvious but the results very often are. Despite modern electric toothbrushes that are able to get under the gum and in between teeth. There will always be stubborn bits of food that get left behind. These particles can rot, damaging the tooth and gum and lead to other symptoms such as bad breath and serious infection.
A simple floss around with some tape can quickly and efficiently remove the bits left behind after brushing.
You wouldn’t let a broken arm get worse, would you? The same goes for your teeth and gums. If you do have an issue and it’s causing you any pain or discomfort, be brave and make an appointment with your dentist or orthodontist as soon as possible.
Don’t let the problem escalate and get worse. This brings us back to regular visits to your hygienist and dentist. Get a regular check-up at least once a year and keep those maintenance repairs to a minimum.
As trusty as your old toothbrush is, most dentists now do recommend an electric toothbrush. The reason isn’t just that of convenience. That oscillating head works hard to get under the gum when held at the right angle. This helps to dislodge plaque that is building up. Many modern toothbrushes will also make a beeping sound if you’re pressing down too hard and this will go a long way in preventing damage to the tooth’s surface thanks to over rigorous cleansing.
When you take your oral health and hygiene seriously, you take your health, as a whole, more seriously. Create a routine that gives you your brightest smile yet and keep your teeth and gums happy and healthy.