Why your Dental Hygiene is Important

Grove City Dentist Serving Columbus, Dublin, Hilliard, Ohio

Dental hygiene is not only essential to your oral health, but also to your overall well being. Strong, healthy teeth are necessary in order to eat certain foods that address important nutrition needs. Failure to maintain good dental hygiene can compromise your ability to receive all of the nutrients that make up a healthy diet.

Besides an attractive appearance, a healthy smile can have other benefits to your overall health. Scientists have discovered that bacteria growing in your mouth can be breathed into your lungs, causing respiratory diseases such as pneumonia. Researchers have also found a connection between gum disease and heart disease.

How to Maintain Good Dental Hygiene

You should brush your teeth at least twice a day for at least two minutes using a toothpaste that contains fluoride (this helps strengthen teeth and prevent cavities). Flossing is essential for removing the plaque left behind after brushing as well as food residue between your teeth that brushing can’t reach. Flossing also helps you maintain fresh breath and healthy gums. It should be done at least once a day, right before bed.

It is also important to rinse with mouthwash since it kills the bacteria that cause gingivitis. Rinsing is a good way to clean bacteria from your mouth between meals if you do not have the time or ability to brush. Maintaining good oral hygiene keeps your mouth healthy, freshens your breath, and eliminates harmful plaque.

Indication You Have Poor Dental Hygiene

Poor dental hygiene can cause bad breath, unattractive teeth and periodontal (gum) disease, which can eventually result in tooth loss. Some symptoms of poor dental hygiene include:

  • Constant bad breath
  • Brown or yellow deposits on your teeth
  • Painful or bleeding gums
  • Widening gaps between your teeth
  • Loose teeth

Routine Dental Visits

Plan to see Grove City Dentist Dr. Raymond Sheridan twice a year for a full teeth cleaning. Dr. Sheridan will use special instruments to get rid of built-up plaque and tartar on your teeth that brushing cannot remove. Dr. Sheridan will also take x-rays to detect any oral health problems while they are still in their early stages.

By coming for your regularly scheduled cleanings, you will increase your likelihood of maintaining good oral health for years to come. But if you fail to take care of your mouth, you are at a greater risk of developing cavities and gum disease. If left untreated, tooth decay and periodontal disease can erode your gums and result in tooth loss. Maintain good oral hygiene, and you will save money, protect your mouth and preserve your overall well being.

Please contact Sheridan Dental today to schedule your initial dental checkup. Dr. Sheridan serves patients in Columbus and Grove City, Ohio.

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