We often hear that good oral hygiene is important, but what exactly is considered good oral hygiene? Proper oral hygiene leaves a mouth looking and smelling healthy. It can prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. A clean mouth not only makes friends, but it is beneficial to your overall health as well.
- Proper hygiene includes:
- Brushing thoroughly at least twice a day
- Flossing Daily
- Eating a balanced diet, limiting sugar intake
- Using fluoride toothpaste or rinse if recommended
- Proper Brushing Technique
Signs of good oral hygiene mean that your mouth is clean and free of debris, your gums are pink in color and don’t bleed following brushing or flossing, and you don’t constantly suffer from bad breath. Bleeding, sore gums and persistent bad breath can sometimes indicate a bigger problem.
Why good oral hygiene is important
Research has shown that the health of the mouth has a direct link to the health of your body. Several systemic diseases that affect the entire body produce early signs within the mouth in the form of lesions or other oral issues. Poor oral hygiene has been linked to an increased risk of serious health problems such as stroke, heart attack and poorly controlled diabetes.
When you have a healthy mouth you not only feel and look better, but you are able to speak and eat properly and confidently! Regular visits to your favorite Parker County dentist, Goodwin Dental, can help prevent future problems and help to maintain not only good oral health but your overall health as well.