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Your Best Smile: the Benefits of Oral Health

Imagine driving a car with a windshield that hadn’t been cleaned in 3 months. It’d be difficult to see the other cars, and the other drivers on the road would avoid driving near you, as you pose a dangerous hazard to traffic.

Now imagine the last time you encountered someone with bad breath. Similarly to avoiding a dangerous car on the road, you might have tried to end the conversation with that person as quickly as possible. 

Oral health serves as a “window” to the general health of the rest of the body, so it’s important to prioritize the care of your teeth and gums. Good oral hygiene is a habit with benefits that last a lifetime. 

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Oral cancer. Heart disease. Early on-set dementia. The risks associated with poor dental hygiene illuminate the importance of maintaining a consistent daily routine. They might seem inconsequential, but good brushing habits can help prevent harmful bacteria from lingering in the mouth. The build up of germs and bacteria can lead to more serious conditions. Clean teeth and fresh breath are indicators of a healthy mouth and body. 

 

Keep your teeth

The health conditions like gingivitis and gum disease that spawn from poor oral hygiene can affect your teeth long term. Erosion affects the health of teeth, so consistent brushing and flossing helps protects tooth enamel.  Restorative dental work can be costly, even with most health care plans. Preventative measures can help prevent permanent tooth loss and enamel erosion.

Look and feel great

If your profession requires any interaction with people throughout the day, good oral hygiene is essential to working well with your colleagues. Do everyone a favor and brush your teeth before heading out for work.

Clean teeth and fresh breath are also easy ways to boost your self-confidence in social settings. Your smile can be the first thing someone notices about you, so make a good impression. Without the barrier of a poor smile, you’re more likely to have positive experiences with those around you. 

Tips to maintain a healthy mouth

Create (and keep!) a routine

 

That means brushing your teeth, no matter what, at least twice a day AND flossing your teeth once a day. Be sure to maximize your technique and avoid the 9 most common brushing mistakes

Check out the mybestsmile box for products to give you a healthier, brighter smile. 

 

See a dentist regularly

 

2 teeth cleanings a year can help prevent any serious health problems by identifying problems early on. When you see a physician, be honest about your oral hygiene habits so she/he can properly address your individual needs.

 

 

Remember, you don't have to brush and floss all of your teeth,
just the ones you want to keep :) 

 


Christine Williams
Christine Williams

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Christine Williams is a writer living in Brooklyn, New York.