Most of us get busy and are guilty of skipping out on regular brushing and flossing. Unfortunately, poor oral hygiene has a larger effect than you might think! People who do not brush, floss, and visit their dentist and hygienist regularly are more likely to experience a variety of negative side effects, ranging from bad breath to tooth decay to cosmetic issues and even serious health problems. Don’t let it happen to you! The Drs. Boyd your dentists in Midtown East explain more below.
Fresher Breath with Brushing and Flossing, Along with Regular Dental Hygiene Visits
It may not seem like that big of a deal to miss brushing or flossing every now and again, but over time, hit and miss oral hygiene habits have a big effect on the way you look and feel, not to mention the freshness of your breath.
Unfortunately, it’s easy to miss bad breath — when it’s your own. What’s the safest way to avoid it? A healthy mouth. Regular brushing and flossing, cleaning your tongue and visits with your dental hygienist are key to a clean mouth and pleasant breath.
The Larger Health Effects of Poor Oral Hygiene
Good or bad, your oral hygiene affects more than your breath. The mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body, and bacteria that builds up here can spread throughout. Not brushing and flossing regularly is more likely to result in periodontal (gum) disease, which can take a significant toll on one’s systemic well-being.
Studies have linked gum disease to:
- Heart problems: cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke.
- Respiratory issues: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), pneumonia.
- Certain types of cancer
- Pre-term labor
- Memory loss
Tooth loss and the effects of missing teeth are equally detrimental. It is difficult to maintain a balanced, nutritious diet when you can’t bite and chew so easily — not to mention the cosmetic and emotional impact of having gaps in your smile or misaligned teeth.
Fresher Breath and a Healthier You
So how can you prevent bad breath, tooth loss, and the detrimental health effects of poor oral hygiene? By developing habits you already know contribute to a clean, healthy smile!
We have some tips to help with minty fresh breath:
- Start a timer when you brush, and don’t stop until you reach the two-minute mark. Brush each quarter of your mouth gently, for 30 seconds each.
- Gently clean your tongue, too, it’s a perfect breeding ground for odor-causing bacteria.
- Ask your dentist or dental hygienist to review your home care with you at your next visit.
- Check out this video on how to floss properly — then try it out for yourself.
- Ask your dentist or hygienist if an electric toothbrush would be a good option for you.
- Discuss with your dentist or hygienist which mouth rinse would be best for you.
- Use an ADA approved fluoride toothpaste.
- Maintain a balanced, nutritious diet.
- Rinse with water after eating or drinking if you can’t brush right away.
- Do not smoke or use tobacco.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
- Chew sugarless gum.
Come See Us Today!
When was your last visit to the dentist or dental hygienist? Remember that six-month checkups and cleanings are crucial for preventing bad breath, cosmetic issues, and larger health problems. Don’t put off a visit to the Drs. Boyd any longer — request an appointment today!