We all know the human body is complex. There are many ways to keep your overall health in check, and it starts with your oral health! How can you keep your oral health in tip-top shape? What does oral health mean for different ages? We’re here to help.
Overall Health and Oral Health
We’ve mentioned how your oral health is related to your overall health, but how? There are some diseases and conditions that can actually be caused by poor dental hygiene. For example, endocarditis is an infection that occurs when germs are built up in places such as your mouth. This can actually spread through the bloodstream and attach to certain parts of your heart! With COVID-19 in all of our minds, it’s important to know that bacteria can also be pulled into your lungs from your mouth, making respiratory problems more difficult. Good care of your oral health can help prevent and fight these diseases.
Protecting your Health
No need to worry about any of the issues listed above, because we’re here to give you a guide on how to protect your health by establishing good dental hygiene practices. Some basic tips to get you started are:
- Brush, brush, brush! (or at least twice a day)
- Floss once daily.
- Use mouthwash with fluoride to help with additional bacteria that may remain after flossing and brushing.
- Replace your toothbrush every three months.
- Schedule regular cleanings with us!
Oral Health at Every Age
No matter what your age, it’s important to establish habits to keep yourself safe from harmful bacteria and disease. For children, it’s easier to develop habits, so set a routine early of brushing twice a day. For elderly, it’s even more vital to make sure our oral health is top notch. Complications with chewing and appearance increase with lack of care for our teeth and mouth.
At Tree City Dental, we are always around to help. Contact us today with any questions you may have and we’ll be happy to assist you. Remember, everything mentioned can be combated by brushing regularly and giving your dentist a routine visit!