Have you ever given thought to what life might be life without your teeth? Sadly, there are many individuals who must think about this because for them it is a way of life. If given the opportunity, there are many things they might have done differently beginning with a regular teeth cleaning with the dentist.
The Importance of Brushing and Flossing Every Day
The advantages of taking great care of your teeth are numerous:
A great smile – Our appearance can have a huge impact on self-confidence, an important part of day to day life.
Capacity to chew – No one wants to have to go through life eating only soft foods because of tooth loss or oral discomfort.
Ability to speak correctly – We rely on our tongue and teeth to form word sounds.
But these issues merely scratch the surface. By brushing and flossing correctly every day, you are taking the steps needed to promote more than clean teeth (although there are advantages such as fresh breath).
Other Significant Factors
By maintaining optimum oral health through daily brushing and flossing, you are contributing to your overall health as well. Research suggests that conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes are connected to the condition of your oral health.
So, you can see by brushing and flossing correctly every day, you are doing more than just keeping your teeth clean.
Other ways to promote good oral health include watching your daily diet. Limit sugary foods and beverages. Opt for vegetables, fruits, dairy, protein enriched fare, and healthy grains.
If you must drink a soda, use a straw to allow much of the beverage to bypass teeth. Severely limit their consumption; you are much better off drinking water. If plain water does not appeal to you, try infusing it with fresh fruit or purchase one of the many sugar free flavored waters on the market today.
Do not smoke or use tobacco in any way. Individuals who do are far more likely to experience periodontal disease and the potential for tooth loss.
Finally, the importance of a professional teeth cleaning cannot be stressed enough. This is the only way to remove harmful plaque and tartar that increases the odds of developing dental decay and the onset of gum disease.
Brush and floss daily, and visit the dental office of Dr. David Kuban as recommended.