One of the most important first impressions is your smile. As you meet with prospective employers or new groups of people, the overwhelming consensus is the smile is the first noted thing about you. If you are slacking on your oral hygiene, it will be noticed almost immediately. Everyone wants to put their best foot forward at all times, and that starts with oral hygiene.
The Main Benefits of Good Oral Hygiene
While there are several significant benefits to maintaining your smile, there are a few that stand out more than others. Keeping those pearly whites, actually looking white, can take a little work, but preventative rather than emergency care is always the best option.
There are four main benefits that many will overlook. They are:
- Less chance of tooth decay – If you have decay or the buildup of plaque or tartar in your teeth, it can cause persistent bad breath. However, another downfall is that it can also chip away at the protective covering of enamel on your teeth, leaving you with teeth that will need more care. This can lead to issues with your gums and pronounced sensitivity in your teeth as well.
- Longer tooth life – By using preventative care, you are increasing the odds of keeping your original teeth much longer. If they are not cared for properly, it can lead to tooth loss, and in some cases, all the teeth have to be removed. This leads to the need for dentures and can increase discomfort and small sores in the mouth.
- Better overall health – It might be surprising to hear that by caring for your oral hygiene, you are able to reduce the chances of cancer and other health-related issues that can arise later in life. Strokes, heart attacks, Alzheimer’s, healthier pregnancies, and type 2 diabetes are other health issues that can be reduced with proper oral hygiene.
- Fewer cavities – Cue the eye roll. While this might seem obvious, this one is important. By maintaining your oral hygiene, cavities, and issues with the root of the tooth are significantly reduced. This helps to keep your teeth stronger. As you maintain hygiene, it will, of course, keep your breath fresher, and decrease the many gum sensitivity issues that can arise.
Maintaining Your Smile
With the above-shared tips on the benefits of good oral hygiene, just seeing the dentist twice a year is not enough. Be sure that you are following the advice of your dentist concerning brushing, flossing, and any other recommendations they have. Occasionally, there might be a fluoride prescribed to help increase tooth strength, or a rinse to reduce buildup in your mouth. One added benefit is to ensure that you are drinking enough water between any meals that you might eat during the day.
At Balle and Associates, we are dedicated to all of your dental needs. From pediatric care to adults, keeping your mouth healthy is what we excel at. If you have any questions or concerns, we urge you to reach out to our office and schedule an appointment. We look forward to keeping your smile strong and confident.