When you come into the office for your dental cleaning or any other type of dental appointment, you will hear us stress the importance of good oral hygiene. But what exactly is good oral hygiene? When you take steps every day to keep your mouth, teeth, and gums healthy, you are practicing good oral hygiene.
But why is good oral hygiene so important? Let us tell you all about it.
Keeps Your Teeth and Gums Healthy
When you were younger, we are sure you heard that you wanted to brush your teeth to keep your smile looking great. Well, you certainly want that and it is a good reason to practice good oral hygiene, but that isn’t the only reason to practice it. Keeping on top of your dental hygiene is going to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
When you are on top of your routine, you will be removing the plaque that builds up around your teeth that causes tooth decay. You also will be brushing your teeth to stimulate your gums to help prevent gum disease. Regular dental visits at your local Lindale dental clinic will also help catch any early signs of oral conditions before they get more complicated. Early detection is always best.
Good for Your Overall Health
Practicing good oral hygiene is not only good for the health of your mouth, but it can be good for your overall health as well. When you are keeping the bacteria in your mouth under control you are less likely to develop certain diseases.
The bacteria in your mouth don’t simply stay in your mouth. They are likely to travel to other parts of your body like your respiratory tract, heart, and digestive tract which can lead to some serious health problems. We are always looking out for your best interests, and we want your whole body to be healthy.
Tips for Practicing Good Oral Hygiene
We all know that brushing and flossing are essential parts of good oral hygiene. They have been instilled in us since we were little. But what are some other great ways we can practice good oral hygiene?
- Eat healthy foods/ avoid sugary snacks
- Rinse your mouth with water after meals
- Avoid tobacco
- Schedule semi-annual visits with your local Lindale dentist
- Have sealants applied to your teeth if necessary
- Protect your teeth with a mouth guard during sports
With proper dental hygiene techniques, you can protect your overall health as well as your dental health. At the Center for Implant and General Dentistry, we are always here to help guide you along the way. If you ever have any questions about good oral hygiene techniques or if it is time to schedule your dental checkup, give us a call at (903) 231-6605.