Everyone knows that proper dental hygiene both at home and from your dentist is essential for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. The care you take of your teeth can help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and even cosmetic issues such as surface staining. However, what is not as well known is that the care you take of your teeth may have a direct impact on your physical health as well.
Oral Health and your Overall Wellness
There is significant evidence linking oral health issues such as tooth infections and gum disease to systemic issues including:
- Heart attack and stroke
- Respiratory problems
- Complications with diabetes
- Increased risk for low birth weight, if you are pregnant
With this knowledge, your home routine and general dentistry visits to our Medford office become all the more important. We will be happy to discuss the mouth/body connection with you in detail and answer your specific questions during your regularly scheduled visits.
Proper Dental Hygiene
Keeping your teeth, gums, and body healthy starts at home. Your daily routine should consist of:
- Brushing after every meal and snack – use a soft bristled tooth brush and fluoride toothpaste to protect your enamel and help prevent cavities.
- Flossing once a day – flossing daily before or after brushing your teeth is the best way to prevent gum disease.
- Minimize your intake of sugary foods and beverages.
- Visit the dentist for regular exams and cleanings.
Your at-home routine is the first line of defense against oral health issues, but must be accompanied by regular visits to our office for thorough examinations. The frequency of your office visits will be based on your particular needs. Every six months is standard, but our dentists may recommend you come in more or less frequently on a case-by-case basis.
During these visits we will examine your teeth, gums, and jaw. We also routinely provide oral cancer screenings. Most oral health issues can easily be treated when caught early on. It is when they are left undetected that they can cause serious oral and systemic health issues.
Your regular visits also allow us to professionally clean and polish your teeth. This enables us to remove plaque and tartar that may be difficult to remove at home, and to remove surface stains that can detract from the beauty of your smile. These visits can also be used to discuss other services you are interested in and help you determine what treatment options will best improve your smile.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with our Medford, Massachusetts dentists, please contact Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry today.