October is Dental Hygiene Month, which is a great time for you to remember how important dental hygiene is to your overall health and wellness. If you aren’t sure how dental hygiene connects to your overall health and wellness, we have some information for you.
Teeth and Your Body
The health of your teeth and the health of your body are inextricably connected. If you have a lot of cavities, and you don’t get them treated and filled, you are risking a mouth full of infection. The infection can travel to other parts of your body, including your heart. It can also cause gum disease, which leads to tooth loss. Tooth and gum disease can make diabetes worse and can lead to abscesses as well.
Practice good dental hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day, every day. You need to make sure that you are brushing and flossing so that the food you’ve eaten doesn’t stay on your teeth. If you don’t brush, the food on your teeth attracts the bacteria that cause cavities. You also need to make sure that you come in and see us twice a year so that we can make sure your mouth is as healthy as possible. Coming in to see us twice a year allows us to take care of any tooth or gum problems you may have, as well as check your mouth for oral cancer, cracked or split teeth, and other issues that don’t have to do with oral hygiene but can be affected by it.