How healthy is your mouth?
When people plan out their New Year’s resolutions, everyone thinks of eating better or exercising more. But with so much focus on our weight and looks, it can be easy to not give enough attention to other important elements of a healthy body. For example: How healthy is your mouth?
Taking care of your teeth is important to feeling good and overall health. The beginning of a new year presents a great opportunity to improve your dental health habits.
Here are some tips for taking better care of your teeth in 2020.
Make Sure to Brush Twice Daily
There’s is nothing more vital to the health of your teeth than brushing. Every time you brush, it cleans off plaque from your teeth and also gets rid of tiny chunks of food that have gotten stuck between the teeth. Getting rid of plaque is vital for the overall health of your teeth. If plaque sticks around, it can lead to gum disease and other forms of tooth decay as it builds up.
Floss Every Day
Even people who are good about brushing can sometimes totally disregard flossing. Flossing cleans out plaque in spaces that aren’t reached by regular brushing and missing just a couple days of flossing will allow that plaque to build up. If you don’t floss, your teeth will almost certainly develop cavities, which can, in turn, lead to much bigger health problems. Flossing every single day helps ensure that you won’t get infections that progress into greater health issues.
Drink Less Alcohol and Coffee
Coffee and alcohol can be delicious indulgences, but these drinks can also stain and damage your teeth due to their acidic nature. Coffee, in particular, contains tannins that build up and eventually change the color of your teeth. You can find various options for whitening your teeth, but your best bet is to minimize how much coffee you drink altogether.
Maintain Regular Dentist Visits
There are many steps you can take to care for your teeth on your own, but seeing a dentist regularly is a key part of keeping your mouth in top shape. You should be sure to schedule cleanings and other check-ups with your dentist on a regular basis to prevent cavities or take care of them as soon as they happen.
What Happens If You Don’t Go to The Dentist?
You might think to yourself that if you brush your teeth twice daily and floss every day, your teeth are about as healthy as they could be. At-home oral care goes a long way, but it’s not enough to keep your smile in peak form. You need to pair it with visiting a dentist for cleanings on a regular schedule. Generally, you want to be getting your teeth cleaned by a dentist at least every six months, though in some cases dentists may recommend coming more often than that. Here are some of the problems you can run into if you don’t get professional teeth cleanings regularly.
If your teeth are not cleaned regularly, plaque will build up which can lead to teeth decaying. Flossing and brushing every day is part of the process of preventing tooth decay, but there are places where plaque can build up that are difficult to hit outside of regular dental cleaning. Even these tiny spots of bacteria can cause big problems if left untouched for too long.
Missed Symptoms from Non-Oral Health Problems
One often-overlooked reason to visit a dentist is that they are medical professionals who have an eye for catching the early warning signs of a wide variety of health problems. From diabetes to heart disease to kidney failure to certain types of cancer, there are many health issues that have symptoms dentists may pick up on. According to some studies, there’s a link between the health of your mouth and the health of your heart. Regular dentist appointments tend to lead to better overall health.
Advancing Gum Disease
It’s easy to notice the early signs of gum disease: swollen, red gums that bleed when you floss or brush your teeth. However, if you ignore those symptoms and don’t consult with a dentist, the gum disease can spread. Eventually, it will weaken and even demolish your gum tissue, which can, in turn, cause you to lose teeth. Gum disease can be stopped and reversed if it’s caught early enough, so make sure if you have any of those symptoms that you talk to a dentist immediately.
Contact Collins Bay Dental today and schedule your dental cleaning. We can help you embrace a healthier lifestyle for the new year and avoid the myriad of mouth problems that can come from not taking care of your teeth.