Chances are you’ve been learning about the benefits of good oral hygiene since you were first introduced to a toothbrush as a child. We all know brushing our teeth should be a part of our daily routine, but the benefits of good oral hygiene go far beyond fresh breath. Good oral hygiene is the number one way to prevent gum disease, a condition afflicting nearly half of American adults according to a study by the American Academy of Periodontology.
This statistic alone is alarming, but it gets worse as more and more studies are linking the inflammation of gum disease with other conditions such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease and cancer – all epidemics in our country.
We’d like to combat periodontal disease, as well as improve your overall health by explaining the benefits of good oral hygiene. It’s up to you to make the change, and we are here to help!
The Benefits of Good Oral Hygiene
Reduce the chance of tooth decay
Reduce tooth sensitivity
Reduce the likelihood of cavities, and the resulting fillings
Preventative care is always less expensive than emergency care
Keeping your teeth (rather than needing dentures or crowns) is more likely
Reduced chance of root canals and oral surgery
Better gum health
Lowered risk of cancer
Lowered risk of stroke
Lowered risk of heart disease and heart attack
Healthier pregnancy and stronger fertility
Lower risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease
Overall, good oral care results in a healthier mouth and a healthier body!
Recommendations for Good Oral Hygiene
The basis of good oral hygiene starts with good home care. The American Dental Association recommends:
Brushing teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
Flossing at least once a day
Drinking water between meals
And of course, seeing your dentist on a regular basis
Looking for a new dentist or ready to get back on track? Dr.Radhika Alampalli @Palo Alto Dental Spa is here to help you and your family enjoy the benefits of good oral hygiene.
Please Call us @ 650-321-6911 or Book Online to schedule your next dental checkup.