Brushing your teeth and flossing twice a day keeps your smile strong and healthy. Good oral health also gives you a bright smile and fresh breath, boosting your confidence.
There are several additional benefits to practicing excellent oral hygiene, including a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer. Explore the benefits of improving your oral hygiene and visiting your dentist at Steger Smiles twice a year.
Keep Your Natural Teeth for Life
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47.2% of adults over 30 and 70.1% of adults over 65 have gum disease. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, consuming a diet low in sugar, and visiting your dentist regularly can help reduce the likelihood of tooth decay and gum disease.
Research indicates that still having a full set of teeth between 65-74 years increases longevity because you experience a better quality of life. Dental caries and periodontitis are preventable. Gum disease is even reversible in the early stages, making routine professional teeth cleaning and dental exams vital for your oral and overall wellbeing.
Reduce the Risk of Chronic Health Conditions
Many studies link gum disease to other conditions, like heart disease. Harvard Health reports that people with periodontal disease are two to three times more likely to have a stroke or heart attack.
The heightened risk may be due to bacteria traveling into your bloodstream from your mouth. This produces a protein that causes your blood to thicken, elevates your risk for blood clots, and reduces the flow of oxygen to your heart, raising your risk for heart attack.
Other studies suggest that you are more likely to develop diabetes if you have gum disease.
Minimize the Risk of Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease
Your dentist performs an oral cancer check-up during your six-month exam to monitor changes in your mouth, such as lesions and white patches. However, research has found that postmenopausal women with gum disease are more likely to develop breast cancer. The risk is even higher if you have a history of smoking.
Older patients with healthy gums are also less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those with periodontitis and tooth loss.
Boost Your Self-Esteem
A healthy smile is considered attractive and makes you feel good about yourself. Tooth discoloration from pigmented foods, beverages, and lifestyle habits like smoking can stain your teeth. Brushing can remove some superficial stains from your teeth, but professional cleanings remove stubborn stains.
Daily brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash can freshen your breath by removing built-up plaque. Your hygienist can remove tartar and floss every tooth to help keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Schedule a Dental Checkup to Stay in Good Oral Health
When you establish good oral hygiene habits, you can boost your self-confidence and reduce your risk of developing adverse health conditions like heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s.
Schedule your next visit with Steger Smiles for a bright, happy smile and improved oral and overall health.