Following a good oral hygiene regimen is so important for your oral health. Patients in the San Jose, California area who need help developing an oral hygiene routine or who might need to make their regular six-month visit should visit Dr. Provenzano and Dr. Ram at Natalie K. Provenzano DDS, Inc.
Following a proper oral hygiene regimen at home will help you avoid future dental problems, including tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. When you have poor dental health caused by an oral hygiene regimen that is lacking, it can affect many areas outside of your mouth as well, including your heart, lungs, and bones. Good oral hygiene includes some of the following:
While several health risks are associated with a poor oral hygiene regimen, one of the most dangerous is periodontal (gum) disease. It continues to surprise dentists how many people are unaware of the damage gum disease can cause to your dental health. One of the leading factors behind the development of gum disease is poor oral hygiene. If you brush and notice trace amounts of blood, then you have developed gingivitis. This is the earliest stage of gum disease and is easily reversed. If you continue to ignore your oral hygiene, gingivitis could progress to non-reversible gum disease and, over time, start affecting your well-being. Gum disease is often called “the silent disease” because it occurs without symptoms. Once pain or symptoms appear, it is more difficult to treat and tooth loss may occur.
The reason gum disease can be so dangerous to your overall health is that your mouth and gums act as gateways to the rest of your body. When harmful bacteria enter your bloodstream through your gums, it can then travel to other parts of your body and lead to chronic health concerns, including:
Practicing good oral hygiene will help you not only maintain a healthy mouth but a healthy body as well.
Following a proper oral hygiene regimen is incredibly important for your health, but in order to do so efficiently, you need to use the proper dental tools. We all use a toothbrush for brushing, but how often do you replace that toothbrush? The Centers for Disease Control advise that a toothbrush should be replaced once every three to four months. Even though you rinse the toothbrush after each brushing, it can still “remain contaminated with potentially pathogenic organisms”. It is also advised that a toothbrush should be replaced once used during an illness. Here are some more tips to make sure you are following habits that will help you fight infection:
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