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Maintaining Good Dental Hygiene For Your Health

May 28, 2019
Posted By: Rush Creek Dentistry
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Why It Is Important to Maintain Good Dental Hygiene

Having good dental hygiene is to have good health overall. Problems that arise from poor dental hygiene can be cavities or gum disease both of which can hinder your ability to eat and/or speak properly. These problems can also cause you to have pain and bad breath.

Some people may not realize that poor dental hygiene can also lead to other health problems that are not in the mouth. Studies have shown that some of the bacteria in gum disease can travel to the heart and cause heart disease as well as clogged arteries and even stroke. 

There have been some cases that gum infections have been linked to premature birth and low birth weight in pregnant women. Someone with diabetes has a lower resistance to infection. This makes the gums more likely to get an infection if not properly taken care of.  If an infection does happen it can have an adverse effect on the person's blood sugar.

The Key to Maintaining Good Dental Hygiene

There are three main things that you should be doing every day to help maintain good oral hygiene. Those three things are:

  • Brushing: You should brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day. You should also brush your teeth after eating anything with sugar or that is acidic.
  • Flossing: You should be flossing at least once a day. 
  • Rinsing: Rinsing your mouth with mouthwash for additional protection to your teeth. Using fluoride mouth rinse can help to reduce and prevent tooth decay.

What to Expect at a Routine Dental Visit

A critical part of preventive dental health is going to regular visits to the dentist. The dental visit will usually consist of the following:

  • The dentist or hygienist will clean your teeth and exam them for any gum disease or cavities.
  • While there the dentist will evaluate your risk of developing any other oral problems.
  • Some dental exams also include dental x-rays or other diagnostic procedures.

At some point, your dentist or hygienist might talk about your diet and your oral hygiene habits. Your dentist might also want to discuss other lifestyle choices or habits that could have a negative effect on your oral health.

The Cost of Your Dental Visit

Most dental insurance companies allow one or two free visits a year for preventive dental visits. 

The cost without insurance varies on the dental practice that you go to.

Keeping Your Mouth and Body Healthy

It is very important to maintain good oral hygiene. Poor oral health not only affects your mouth but other parts of your body. For more information and to book your next check-up contact Rush Creek Dentistry today.

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