When we think of health, we tend to think of exercising and eating right. Of course, these are great things to do and are definitely things you should be doing every day. However, our physical health concerns every choice we make related to our body and mind. In this blog, we’re going to talk about oral health, why it’s important, and steps you can take to improve it.

Brushing

Thorough and consistent teeth brushing is essential for maintaining your oral health. Most people brush their teeth to both prevent cavities and keep their teeth looking white, but there’s much more to it than that.

Gum disease: This is an issue common among older people and can cause significant damage to the gums and the jawbone. Gum disease often starts with something called gingivitis which is caused by plaque that builds up around your teeth. Brushing regularly will prevent the plaque from building up and give you healthy gums and teeth.

Heart attack/stroke: Brushing helps to prevent bacteria build up in your mouth that can make it to your blood, increasing your risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Diabetes: If you have diabetes, gum disease is not only more likely to occur, but it’s harder to manage blood sugar levels if you do get gum disease. Brushing will help prevent or mitigate these issues.

 

Flossing

Using dental floss regularly will remove plaque and prevent tartar. Along with brushing, flossing doesn’t just make your teeth look whiter and brighter, it prevents gum disease. Some studies have shown that mouth infections can increase the number of inflammatory substances in the blood. This, in turn, can increase your risk of blood clots, slowing blood flow to the heart. This can lead to strokes or heart attacks. It’s recommended that you floss at least once a day in order to prevent these issues.

In addition to all of this, flossing can help prevent unhealthy gums that result in tooth loss, and the need for a root canal. If your gums are sensitive or bleed often, flossing will help to strengthen them preventing pain while chewing or brushing. Many people will rely solely on brushing for their oral health routine, and although that’s important too, you should ensure that you both brush and floss in order to have the highest chance of preventing gum disease and other oral health issues.

 

Braces

Believe it or not, braces aren’t just for improving the aesthetics of your teeth and aligning them. There are also a lot of health benefits of braces. Like brushing and flossing, straightening your teeth with braces can prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Unaligned or crooked teeth are more likely to trap food that will lead to plaque, eventually leading to a cavity. Straight teeth will allow you to easily brush and floss out debris on your teeth.

Bite adjustment: Due to crooked teeth, people may develop a misaligned jaw that leads to trouble eating, speaking, and other oral health issues. Braces will give you a more comfortable bite that won’t make your jaw sore. Jaw disorders are also known to cause chronic headaches, jaw popping, and other short-term and long-term issues.

Bone erosion: Bone erosion is caused when teeth are misaligned and there is too much pressure on certain teeth or areas of your jaw when you bite. Over time, this can lead to significant issues with chewing and speaking. Braces will prevent these pressure spots.

If you have any questions at all about your oral health, or you’re ready to get braces, Invisalign braces, or lingual braces, contact Camilo Riano Orthodontics today.