Aesthetic Dentistry located in Coconut Grove, Miami FL
Good Overall Health Starts With Good Oral Hygiene. No Matter Your Age, You Need To Take Care Of Your Teeth If You Want To Maintain A Beautiful, Infection-Free Smile. If You Need A Cleaning, Checkup, Or Even Just Advice, Book An Appointment With The Team At Sharp Dentistry & Associates In Coconut Grove, Florida.
How do you maintain good oral hygiene?
Oral hygiene habits are extremely important for your oral health. Fortunately, they’re easy to follow. To maintain good oral health, observe oral hygiene practices including:
- Floss daily
- Brush your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste
- Use mouthwash to rinse away remaining food particles after brushing and flossing
- Replace your toothbrush as soon as the bristles are worn or splayed (usually every 3-4 months)
Also, avoid tobacco use and sugary foods and drinks.
In addition to all of this, remember to schedule regular checkups and cleanings with Dr. Sharp. Even if you don’t have natural teeth, visit Dr. Sharp at least once a year.
Also, did you know that certain medications can cause dry mouth and increase your risk for infection? If you can’t get a substitute medication, make sure to drink plenty of water to wash away foods and neutralize the acid.
Why does oral hygiene matter?
Just like any other part of your body, to stay healthy, functional, and attractive, your mouth requires good hygiene practices on your part. Oral hygiene doesn’t just affect your oral health, though.
Think of it like this: your mouth is the entryway to both your digestive and respiratory tracts. A lot of bacteria comes through this entryway, but usually, it doesn’t harm you because you keep it at bay with good oral hygiene.
If you’re not doing this, the bacteria can get in and cause oral infections, like tooth decay and gum disease.
What diseases can poor oral hygiene lead to?
Studies have linked gum disease to an increase in the likelihood of conditions like:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Premature birth and low birth weight
In turn, certain co-occurring conditions, like diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and osteoporosis, can lower your body’s ability to fight off infection and increase your risk for gum disease. So, another component of oral hygiene is taking care of your body and managing any diseases you have.
Do you need to schedule a checkup, cleaning, or consultation with Dr. Sharp to talk about your oral health and hygiene? Take care of your present and future by booking your appointment online or over the phone today.
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