Poor oral health not only affects your smile, it can negatively impact your oral health
Marriott & Hand in Melbourne understand the link between your oral and overall health. Did you know poor oral health, such as gum disease, has been linked to serious oral health problems?
Gum disease has two main stages: the first is gingivitis and that can advance to periodontitis. Periodontitis can cause tooth loss and has been linked to:
- Respiratory issues
- Heart attacks
- Cardiovascular disease
But not all cases of gingivitis lead to periodontitis. If gingivitis is found early it can be treated easily enough. However, if it does progress to periodontitis that is when the real problems start. The link between periodontitis and health issues such as cardiovascular disease is due to inflammation and bacteria. The chronic levels of inflammation travel through the body and cause, or contribute, to various other health issues.
By maintaining an optimal daily oral hygiene routine you can take better care of your oral health and your body.
How you can maintain your optimal oral health at home
There are a number of things you can do at home to maintain optimal oral health:
Brush your teeth
It is essential that you brush your teeth twice a day. This will help remove any plaque that has accumulated throughout the day. This can help to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. When you brush your teeth it is best to use a soft-bristle toothbrush. Tough bristles are abrasive and can be detrimental to the health of your teeth and gums.
Flossing is just as important for your teeth as brushing, even though many patients either forget to do it or ignore its importance. Flossing at least once a day, preferably at night, will help keep food debris out from between the teeth and effectively help to prevent gum disease. The best time to floss is at night before you go to bed. Your teeth are more at risk while you sleep. When we sleep our bodies produce less saliva and therefore there’s less protection.
Visit Marriott & Hand in Melbourne
Looking after your oral health at home is not always enough. Sometimes your teeth need to be cleaned in a way that brushing and flossing cannot. This is why you should visit your Marriott & Hand dentist every six months for a check-up and clean. By diagnosing oral health issues early we can save you time and money.
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If you want that extra clean feeling and make to make sure your teeth are as healthy as possible call us today to organise an appointment.