Each time that you visit our office, we will stress the importance of brushing and flossing your teeth regularly. While this information is probably nothing new to you, you may wonder what the big deal is about dental hygiene. Not only will a good dental hygiene routine keep your mouth healthy, but it can also impact your overall health while saving you money.
Keep Your Gums Healthy
Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly doesn't just keep your teeth clean – it also helps to maintain healthy gums. Your mouth is full of bacteria that create plaque. Excess plaque can lead to gum inflammation, which may result in gum disease. Symptoms include bleeding, swelling, shifting teeth, and even tooth loss, but a good oral hygiene routine can prevent these issues.
Keep Your Heart Healthy
When gum disease causes your gums to bleed, bacteria in your mouth can enter the bloodstream. From there, bacteria can move to other parts of your body, including your heart. In fact, the American College of Cardiology has suggested that gum disease can increase heart attack risk by almost 50%.
Keep Your Unborn Baby Healthy
If you are pregnant, a good oral hygiene routine will also keep your unborn baby healthy. Studies have found connections between gum disease and some serious pregnancy complications – low birth weight and preterm birth. Since babies born full term and at a healthy weight are more likely to thrive, it is important to keep oral bacteria levels in check.
Keep Money in Your Pocket
Aside from the health benefits of good oral hygiene, taking care of your teeth and gums can save you money. By making brushing and flossing a priority in your life, you can avoid cavities, gum disease, and other dental health problems, all of which require treatment. Preventive dental cleanings and appointments will also help you to save money in the long run. Is it time for your next dental appointment? If so, give our office a call today.