Daily preventative care, including proper brushing and flossing will help stop oral hygiene problems before they begin. Preventative care is much less painful, expensive and worrisome than treating conditions which have been allowed to progress.

In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps that each of us can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. These include:

  • Brushing thoroughly twice a day and flossing daily
  • Eating a balanced diet and limiting sugary, acidic snacks between meals
  • Using dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste

Your dental health can affect your overall wellness. Practicing good dental hygiene is one way that you can improve your total health and life expectancy. Here are just a few dangers of poor dental hygiene:

  • Increased risk of heart attack – Oral bacteria and gum inflammation can lead to arterial inflammation, plaque buildup, and clotting
  • Increased risk of stroke – Can cause plaque build-up in carotid arteries
  • Increased risk of dementia- Studies show a relationship between people who lost more teeth before the age of 35 and an increased risk of dementia
  • Respiratory disease – Oral bacteria can be breathed into the lungs and cause infection
By establishing great oral hygiene now, you’ll be contributing to your overall well being for the rest of your life!