Research studies indicate that good oral health is more important than ever before, with numerous research teams from all over the world confirming a link between poor oral health and poor general health. The mouth is often described by dentists as a window to the rest of the body, and a healthy mouth often indicates a healthy body. Oral health is important, not just for physical reasons, but also psychological and social reasons.
Strong, Healthy Teeth
If you take steps to look after your teeth and gums it is likely that you will enjoy good oral health. Most of us are familiar with toothache and pain caused by sensitivity and it’s not nice, but there are more serious problems such as gum disease, abscesses and decay that can develop as a result of neglecting oral hygiene.In some cases, the damage caused can be permanent. Good oral health means that your teeth and gums are strong and healthy and there is a lowered risk of you experiencing symptoms such as bleeding gums, tooth pain or swelling.
It also means that there is a low risk of you needing complex dental treatment, which can be a major source of anxiety for some people. If you look after your teeth you are less likely to need fillings, crowns or root canal treatment, oral surgery or extraction. This means less time in the dental chair, fewer encounters with the dreaded dental drill, less to pay in dental bills and fewer injections.
Smile with Confidence
One of the main reasons people spend time brushing, flossing and rinsing is to keep their teeth looking clean and healthy. Many of us are self-conscious about the appearance of our smile and will go the extra mile to keep it looking great. Maintaining good dental health enables you to smile with confidence and create positive first impressions. If you neglect your teeth you may notice staining, brown decay spots and unhealthy looking gums. This can affect confidence in your appearance and how you behave around other people.
Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body
It may not seem likely that brushing your teeth twice a day can help to stave off serious life threatening conditions—but there is a growing body of evidence to support this notion. Many studies have found a link between the bacteria associated with oral diseases and an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and strokes. Some studies have also suggested a connection between poor oral health and dementia.
Maintaining Good Oral Health
To maintain dental health has numerous benefits and is really simple to achieve. By spending a few minutes each day on your teeth and gums, you can drastically reduce your risk of oral diseases and other medical conditions. Dentists recommend a daily oral hygiene routine of tooth brushing, flossing and rinsing using alcohol-free mouthwash. Electric toothbrushes are more effective at removing plaque than manual toothbrushes, but you need to remember to replace the brush heads every 3-4 months. Most people prefer to brush once in the morning and then before they go to bed at night.
Another really important part of maintaining good oral health is visiting your dentist for regular check-ups. These only last around 10-15 minutes but are essential for ensuring your mouth is free of potential problems and functioning properly. They also allow your dentist the opportunity to check for signs of oral cancer. Your dentist will discuss any problems with you and explain what will happen if you need treatment. You will then be advised to make an appointment to have treatment or to book your next check-up.