We all know that brushing and flossing our teeth is important for fighting cavities. However, preventing a toothache is only one small reason that you should be maintaining your oral health. Here are just five of the ways that maintaining good oral health impacts your appearance, overall health, and even your life expectancy!
1. Reduce your risk of disease.
Your dental health can have major effects on your overall health. For example, periodontal disease may impact the gum tissues, but it also has been proven to increase your risks of respiratory illness, heart disease, stroke, and more. This is likely due to both the inflammatory effects of gum disease as well as the bacteria that enters our bloodstream from the mouth. Oral cancer also can have devastating effects on the body, and it currently has a fatality rate of one person every hour in the United States, according to The Oral Cancer Foundation. Therefore, by maintaining your oral health with a proper dental hygiene routine and regular dental check-ups, you also help to prevent a number of diseases as well.
2. Keep your teeth for your lifetime.
Many people believe that losing your teeth is just a part of the aging process, but this is far from the case! With a solid brushing and flossing routine, a low-sugar diet, and regular professional cleanings, you can actually keep your natural teeth for the rest of your life. And this won’t just benefit the aesthetic appearance of your smile—keeping your teeth will allow you to have better chewing mechanisms (and therefore improved nutrition), improved speech, and even a longer life expectancy. Research has shown those with 20 or more teeth by the age of 70 will live longer than those with fewer teeth.
3. Enjoy a beautiful white smile.
A healthy smile can also mean a beautiful smile! This is because most oral health issues have harmful effects on the aesthetic appearance of our teeth. Tooth decay, for example, can turn teeth yellow or brown. Gum disease can cause your gums to recede, making your teeth look longer. It can also make your gums look red and inflamed. Plus, without proper oral hygiene, the surface of your enamel is susceptible to stains from everyday foods like coffee, tea, fruits, and more. Therefore, the best way to avoid an unpleasant smile is to maintain your oral health!
4. Keep your breath fresh.
Halitosis (or bad breath) is one of the more embarrassing effects of poor oral health. While studies have shown that 85% of people with this condition have it as a result of dental problems, there are a number of possible causes to blame. Poor dental hygiene is one possible cause, as the bacteria that grows naturally in your mouth can cause your breath to smell. Dry mouth can also lead to halitosis, as your saliva is a critical component in washing away plaque and bacteria. To keep bad breath at bay, be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss every night.
5. Ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy.
You may be surprised to find that oral health can impact your pregnancy. In fact, gum disease has been linked to premature birth, as one in four pregnant women with gum disease give birth before the 35-week mark. When pregnant, it is very important that you visit your dentist for your regular check-ups to ensure your teeth and gums remain in good health throughout the pregnancy.
Do you want to take the first step toward improving your oral health? Contact TruBlu Dentistry today to schedule your regular dental check-up and professional cleaning!