Teeth cleanings are not just important for your oral health, they also have an impact on your entire body. Oral health is connected to your whole body health, and keeping your mouth healthy is essential to maintaining this balance.
Why Preventive Care is Key
The best way to have a healthy mouth is to diligently practice preventive care. Preventive care begins at home, and just the few minutes you dedicate to properly brushing and flossing your teeth can make all the difference. In the United States, nearly half of the adults in our country have some degree of gum disease, whether in the beginning, reversible stages or advanced gum disease that leads to tooth loss.
Surprisingly, tooth decay and gum disease are often preventable. In addition to avoiding tobacco, sugary foods, and acidic foods and drinks, you must also maintain a healthy diet. Other factors that are in your control include the way you brush, and how often and how effectively you floss.
The Texas Two Step: Brushing & Flossing
You should brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, and floss daily. If you do this, and visit your dentist at least twice a year for a teeth cleaning, then you are on the right path to good oral health.
If you have been slacking in your oral hygiene habits, and haven’t been flossing earnestly, or haven’t been brushing thoroughly, then remember that it’s not too late. If gum disease has already developed, then you may simply need more thorough teeth cleanings, known as deep cleanings. If bad oral habits have led to gum disease already, then visiting your dentist for more regular cleanings may be what you need to keep maintaining the health of your mouth.
It’s never too late to start practicing good oral hygiene. Talking to your dentist about what you can do to improve your oral health is a good starting point. Call Texas Dental or use our online form to schedule an appointment for a teeth cleaning today. Dr. Miranda can determine what type of cleaning you need and advise you on how frequently you should have your teeth cleaned. Get a happy and healthy smile with a dental cleaning!