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Oral Hygiene and Overall Health

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Healthy does not only mean eating right and exercising, it means taking care of your teeth too! Good oral hygiene is essential for good overall health.

What is Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene starts with keeping your teeth and your gums free from harmful debris and plaque.

Cleaning your teeth professionally by a dental hygienist or dentist to clean the areas that you cannot reach just by brushing and flossing is essential, however, maintaining a good oral hygiene at home is equally, if not more important.

Developing a habit of brushing and flossing can keep your teeth and your smile healthy and prevent severe dental problems.

Tips for Oral Care

Maintaining a great oral care routine can be easier than you think. Some simple tips that you can use to keep your teeth healthy are:

  • Use a medium or soft bristle toothbrush to brush all surfaces of your teeth
  • Select the products containing fluoride when you choose dental health products
  • Avoid sugary foods and beverages
  • Quit cigarettes and tobacco products
  • Floss at least once each day
  • Visit your dentist two times a year for regular checkup and cleaning
How Good Oral Hygiene Keeps You Healthy

Good oral hygiene not only helps prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease, but it can also help keep you healthier!

Many studies have linked poor oral health to worsening existing heart disease, increasing risk of clogged arteries and heart disease, increasing the risk of stroke caused due to blocked arteries, causing premature delivery of the baby as well as increasing risk of low birth weight, worsening existing lung conditions or causing lung infections and several other health risks.

The bacteria found in the mouth can also cause infection in other parts of the body when disease or medical treatments leave the immune system compromised. The mouth also serves as a window to the rest of the body by providing signals for general health disorders such as pale and bleeding gums being a marker for blood disorders and mouth lesions may be the first sign of HIV infection.

If you would like to learn more about oral hygiene, you can visit our website at www.softtouchdentists.com. Want to contact us directly? Call us at 202-333-3883 or email us at info@softtouchdentists.com.

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