The Benefits of Good Oral Hygiene

Posted on 07/10/2018
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At Federici Dental, we make it our first priority to protect your teeth and maintain your excellent oral health. We not only offer cosmetic dentistry services to restore your beautiful smile, we also offer general dentistry services to keep your teeth health with regular cleanings and fillings. Great oral hygiene not only protects your teeth, it's a significant factor in avoiding more serious health issues and giving you overall positive health and confidence. The benefits of having great oral hygiene are plentiful, and we've outlined some of them below.

Prevents Cavities & Gum Disease

The most obvious benefit to having good oral hygiene is the basic prevention of cavities and gum disease. Brushing properly at least twice a day and flossing daily can help eliminate these common dental problems. Gum disease, or gingivitis, the inflammation of the gums and the first stage of gum disease, is caused by the plaque build-up around your teeth. It can lead to swollen gums and teeth that bleed when you brush them. Plaque is an accumulation of food and bacteria, which appears in everyone's mouth and it needs to be cleaned off regularly to keep your mouth healthy. Plus toothpaste on your brush is the best way to apply minerals and other desensitisers to your teeth.

Keeps Your Bright Smile

While we can use whitening treatments to whiten your teeth, simply brushing regularly with a tooth-whitening, fluoride toothpaste can help brush away any stains or discoloration on your teeth. There are mild abrasives in toothpaste that remove debris and surface stains and help to keep your teeth looking fresh, healthy and white. Having a confident, beautiful smile is linked to all sorts of benefits, including better job prospects and relationships.

Prevents More Serious Diseases

Having good oral hygiene also leads to better total body health and will help you avoid problems like diabetes, heart disease or dementia. Studies have shown that the bacteria that commonly cause gum disease are also found in patients with heart disease. If the gums are infected with bacteria, it can make its way into your bloodstream and increase your chance of a heart attack or stroke. Any gum disease can make it harder to control your blood glucose. The relationship between serious gum disease and diabetes is two-way. Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes. Poor oral health can also increases your risk of developing dementia by a third.

Stops Bad Breath

Ever offered a mint to your co-worker or significant other so you could stand to speak to them in close proximity? Bad breath, or halitosis, is caused by bacteria in your mouth that eventually will turn into plaque. Brushing and regular cleanings will remove plaque and prevent the formation of calculus on your teeth. It's also an inexpensive and effective way to remove food and bacteria and keep your breath smelling fresh.

Lower Health Care Costs

Between the costs of filling cavities or replacing teeth with dental implants, and the high cost of treating a whole-body disease like diabetes or heart conditions, taking care of your oral health can save you thousands in health care costs over your lifetime. The cost of some tubes of toothpaste, floss and regular check-ups is a small price to pay for overall health and well-being.

Contact Your Manahawkin Dentist Today!

While we may think of our mouths as a separate, isolated part of our bodies, the truth is that everything is linked - and a healthier mouth leads to better overall health. Take charge of your oral AND overall health today! To schedule your next appointment, feel free to give us a call at (609) 316-4573 or complete our appointment request form. We're always here to answer your questions or concerns and to get you started on the road to great oral health!