One of our essential dental services is to help our patients develop and maintain good oral hygiene. While most of us see this as painfully obvious, the most important thing you can do at home for dental health is to brush your teeth on a regular basis. While flossing and regular dental appointments are also recommended, none of it does any good if you don’t brush your teeth on a regular basis.
Why is Toothbrushing so Important?
First, there’s the obvious. Keeping your teeth clean helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease. It also keeps you from having halitosis or bad breath. Flossing plays a role, too, removing particles from between your teeth. When you brush and floss correctly, you remove plaque, which can cause tooth decay if untreated.
If you don’t brush regularly and do it well, you eventually get tooth decay and/or gum disease. Recent research has found that both tooth decay and gum disease are connected to a number of debilitating health conditions, including heart disease, lung disease, stroke, diabetes, some cancers, Alzheimer’s Disease, premature births, low birth weight and a number of other systemic infections and immune deficiencies.
The Consequences of Tooth Loss
Tooth decay and gum disease can also lead to losing teeth, which brings on a whole new set of problems such as the other teeth losing their structure and becoming crooked.
Tooth loss can be embarrassing and lead to a lowered sense of self esteem. Some people start to avoid smiling or avoid social situations altogether. Missing teeth make it harder to chew and many people eliminate a lot of healthy foods from their diet because they are too difficult to chew.
Eventually, those who start eating softer foods inevitably end up gaining weight and becoming unhealthy from diet alone.
Call a Dental Services Provider in Joondalup
At 1300 Great Smile, we provide a full menu of dental services. We have two convenient locations in Joondalup and provide an emergency dentist if you need one. To learn more or to set up an appointment, call us today:(08) 9404 9500