Understanding Dental Hygiene
Dental Hygiene and General Health: The Connection
Not only can poor oral health lead to oral diseases, but it’s also linked to serious health problems:
Heart Disease: Inflammation and infections caused by oral bacteria can lead to clogged arteries, heart disease, and stroke.
Endocarditis: This condition occurs when bacteria from your mouth spread through your bloodstream and attach to certain areas of your heart.
Pregnancy complications: Periodontitis has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.
Diabetes: Inflammation in the mouth can weaken the body’s ability to control blood sugar.
Daily Practices for Dental Hygiene
Regular dental hygiene can help prevent these health issues:
Brushing: Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. This practice removes the plaque and food particles that build up on your teeth.
Flossing: Daily flossing is essential for cleaning the tight spaces between your teeth and under your gumline where your toothbrush can’t reach.
Dental check-ups: Regular check-ups and professional cleaning are important. Dentists can identify early signs of systemic diseases in their initial stages.
Healthy Diet: A balanced diet that is low in sugar and high in calcium helps protect your teeth.