Keeping Your Teeth Clean and Healthy
Keeping your teeth clean and healthy is important for your physical appearance, hygiene, and overall health. Not only does it feel great to have clean teeth, it also benefits you in other ways.
Maintaining good oral health can prevent chronic bad breath, also known as halitosis. If you have ever been in a social situation and noticed your breath could use freshening up, you know how embarrassing bad breath can be! Halitosis can be caused by different factors, but the most common cause is poor oral hygiene. Poor oral hygiene leads to tooth decay which creates the odor known as bad breath. If you notice that your breath has a foul smell that isn’t remedied by brushing the teeth, be sure to schedule an appointment with your Alpharetta dentist. The sooner tooth decay is addressed, the better chance of reversing your halitosis. By practicing a proper oral health regimen, you can keep bad breath at bay!
This includes taking care of more than just your teeth. One of the most common oral health issues is gum disease. Development of gum disease is most often the result of poor dental care. Gum disease, also known as gingivitis, can range in severity from minor redness and irritation to loss of teeth due to the recession of the gums. Whether severe or minor, gum disease can be painful and unsightly. The best way to prevent gum disease is to brush and floss your teeth per the dentist’s recommendation. This is usually twice a day for brushing and once a day for flossing, though your dentist may suggest doing it more often depending on your current oral health.
A healthy, white smile starts with taking great care of your teeth. Teeth whitening is a great option to reverse existing stains and discoloration, but preventative measures are more ideal. First, be sure you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day. If you want to focus on cavity protection as well as whiter teeth, you can alternate the type of toothpaste (whitening and enamel protection) used in the morning and evening. If you know you will be eating or drinking something that is known to stain the teeth, such as coffee or red wine, plan to do a quick brush once you have finished. Smoking can cause dramatic staining and yellowing of the teeth. If you can’t quit smoking, be sure you are brushing more often to help with the stains. Lastly, schedule routine dental cleanings to maintain your healthy, white smile.
Poor oral health care not only leads to dental problems, but it can also affect your overall health. Patients who have untreated infections in the teeth and gums can suffer secondary health issues. For example, an infected tooth that goes untreated can cause an infection in the bloodstream that can affect the joints and heart. Gum disease, especially severe cases, has been linked to recurring respiratory infections. By following a proper dental care routine, you can help maintain a healthy mouth and body!