February is the official National Children's Dental Health Month, so what better time than now to explain the importance of maintaining optimal oral health. Our body is interlinked; thus, our body's health is linked with our oral and dental health. The earlier children learn the importance of the maintenance of optimal oral health, the better.
What is Oral Health?
Oral health and hygiene refer to the practices one employs to keep the teeth, mouth, and other oral components clean and healthy. By healthy, we mean bacteria-free, functional, and robust.
Oral Health and Our Body
Poor oral hygiene not only destroys your teeth resulting in the formation of painful teeth abscesses and infections but also in some major diseases that impact one's health and lifestyle.
Cardiovascular diseases – There is no substantial evidence backing the claim, but research indicates that poor oral hygiene can lead to cardiovascular diseases. The germs or bacteria present in the mouth because of poor oral hygiene can lead to arteries' blockage.
Endocarditis – Endocarditis is a type of heart disease. It is an infection in the heart's inner lining, which can be a result of an infection in the mouth.
Premature Birth – Pregnant women should be extra careful about their oral health as gum disease can lead to premature birth or low birth weight, which can be dangerous for the baby.
Respiratory Diseases – Certain types of bacteria in the mouth can also lead to the development of respiratory diseases, including pneumonia.
How to Protect Your Oral Health
Protecting your oral health is relatively easy, for you only really need to follow good oral hygiene practices.
Brush your teeth twice a day, for at least two minutes per day. Make sure you use a soft-bristled toothbrush for optimal oral health.
Floss at least once a day to get rid of food pieces stuck in your teeth.
Use a mouthwash to ensure you get rid of all bacteria in the mouth.
Clean your tongue every time you brush because bacteria on the tongue can be very harmful to your oral health. It can also cause bad breath.
Visit Cooley Smiles for a consultation today. We can help identify any oral health problems you may have and recommend a customized oral healthcare routine to prevent any future problems.
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