Poway and Rancho Bernardo, CA
Keeping your mouth clean does more for you than just maintaining healthy teeth and gums – it also has a lot to do with your overall health. Poway dentist Dr. Nicol Cook wants you to know how a healthy mouth means a healthy body, too.
Brushing and flossing every day helps remove bacteria from the mouth, which otherwise could lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and at some point affect your health by increasing your risk of certain diseases such as diabetes, stroke, dementia, and heart disease.
Our mouths really are a gateway to our bodies, which means that by taking good care of your teeth, you may reap these benefits:
- Decreased risk of heart disease
- Retain memory better
- Reduce inflammation and infection throughout your body
- Help stabilize blood sugar levels
- Help reduce the risk of preterm birth for pregnant women
How can I guard my health?
While there are many different lifestyle and diet factors at play, taking care of your mouth plays a significant role in maintaining good overall health. The American Dental Association advises that everyone brush their teeth at least two times per day, floss daily, and visit their dentist for routine exams and cleanings to remove buildup from the teeth and gum line.
Do I really need to see the dentist twice a year?
For most people, twice yearly visits for cleanings and exams are necessary. For others, they may need more frequent visits especially in the case where periodontal disease is present. Even if you are really good at brushing and flossing every day, you still need routine cleanings to remove tartar buildup from your teeth. Everyone, no matter how good of a brusher you are, still gets tartar buildup on their teeth to some degree. The only way to remove this buildup is by a professional dental cleaning. If ignored, the tartar harbors bacteria that leads to tooth decay, and gum disease – a chronic infection of the gums, hence why a dirty mouth will lead to more health problems later on.
Do I really need to floss every day?
We get it, flossing is probably everyone’s least favorite activity. But, is it really all that bad? It takes less than two minutes, and considering what it gives you in return – a healthier mouth and body, we think flossing every day is worth it. An important aspect of flossing is to make sure that you are doing it correctly.
Avoid popping the floss between your teeth because you could injure your gums. Instead, follow these tips:
- Unravel about 18 inches of floss
- Wrap each end of the floss around both index fingers
- Starting in the back of your mouth, gently push the floss between your teeth using your thumbs
- Pull the floss up and down each tooth, carefully scooping the floss along your gum line
- Continue flossing between each tooth until you are finished
- Rinse your mouth out afterward to remove any loose debris
- Adding an alcohol-free mouth rinse into your routine afterward may help to reduce bacteria even more
At Smiles by Dr. Cook, we strongly believe in the link between good oral health and a healthy body. We encourage you to practice a good regimen of oral hygiene, as well as visit our office in Poway at least twice per year for checkups and cleanings. It is important to remember that a healthy lifestyle that consists of exercising regularly and eating a balanced diet are also contributors to maintaining a healthy body, and mouth.
Oral Care in Poway
To schedule an appointment, please call (858) 673-0141 or contact Smiles by Dr. Cook today. We welcome patients of Poway, and Rancho Bernardo, California.