A good oral health is not just necessary for having a charming smile and a beautiful set of teeth. It in fact directly affects your physical health and wellbeing as well. Let’s look at it this way. Your mouth acts as a gateway to your entire body. Whatever you eat, drink or even breathe, will pass through your oral cavity. Now, if in case of poor oral hygiene maintenance, harmful bacteria will start attaching to your teeth and gums, resulting in gum inflammation, damage to the jaw bone, and ultimately, tooth loss.
But that’s not all!
Ignoring good oral hygiene measures and avoiding regular dental checkup visits can have a serious impact on your physical health as well!
Research has shown that the harmful bacteria from the infected gums can travel to the other organs of the body through the food and air and can cause some serious medical problems. If these bacteria enter the cardiac system through the bloodstream, they can cause life-threatening cardiac problems. Similarly, if they enter the lungs through the air, they can lead to pneumonia and other respiratory diseases. In addition to that, there are many research studies which have proven a link between poor oral hygiene maintenance and Alzheimer’s disease, kidney problems and complications during pregnancy.
So, it all boils down to this. If you want to enjoy a healthy and productive lifestyle, you must take good care of your oral health. And how, can you do that? By maintaining good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly.
How to Enjoy a healthy Long Life?
OK, so what should I do to retain good dental and overall health, and live a comfortable life? Just two simple things! One is quite obvious, and the other is rather less obvious and also needs determination.
- Regular Oral Hygiene – Regular oral hygiene is as simple as said. But the key is regularity and thoroughness. Brush and floss, regularly, and evenly, all surfaces of your teeth, at least twice a day. And of course, don’t forget to use a mouthwash recommended by your dentist. This will reduce the number of fillings you need.
- Visit Your Dentist Regularly – This is a point often ignored with very painful and costly results. “Why should I go to the dentist when I have no dental problem?” But the fact is you do not feel the problem. There may actually be more than one problem brewing. Let me ask you a question. Why do look in the mirror when you are brushing your teeth? So that you can see if your teeth are getting clean or not! But can your mirror show you the backsides of your teeth? Or even your molars. It is the molars which get diseased earliest.
But Your Dentist Can See
But your dentist is trained to see where you can’t! even in those areas where the toothbrush or a floss is unable to clean properly. Dentists have specialized equipment like intra-oral cameras and x-rays which can help in the identification of dental problems in their early stages. During a routine checkup visit, your dentist will inspect your teeth, gums, jaw bones, and all other assets in the mouth. If there need for cleaning or any other intervention, it will be done before it can cause any permanent damage.
Your dentist Can Also Foresee
Your dentist has worked hard and paid heavily to get specialist training. He or she can also foresee any impending problems. Why those white specks on your teeth? What about those lines on your teeth. These things speak to your dentist, and he or she can foresee problems that may face in the future. Detected in time, such issues can be treated in advance. Provided you see your dentist regularly.
So, what’s the secret behind a healthy life? Enjoy life, take care of your health and most importantly, take good care of your oral hygiene. If you can do that, you can avoid almost all major health problems in your life.