“Take care of your teeth and they will take care of you for a lifetime.” This is one of the important lessons taught in every dental school.
But the sad truth is that too many people ignore their dental health. They fail to follow basic home dental care practices and, as a result, have unsightly and even dangerously unhealthy teeth.
Teeth and Health
Teeth play an important role in your overall health. For one thing, people need teeth to break down food so it can be swallowed and digested. We get all of our essential nutrients from food. So when your teeth are in poor condition, it can be difficult or even impossible to consume the best foods like fresh fruits, vegetables, and proteins. And without proper nutrition, the body will quickly deteriorate.
But teeth are also essential to heart health. Recent discoveries have determined a direct link between oral health and heart disease. For example, gum disease and inflammation are associated with a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. So taking care of your teeth plays an important role in taking care of your heart and vascular system.
Good Oral Habits
The thing about good oral habits is that they are not hard. Anybody can follow the steps it takes to keep your teeth clean and healthy. You just have to be consistent in following them. Brush daily. Floss regularly. Use mouthwash. And see your dentist at least twice per year.
Parents: Remember that lifelong habits start early. So teaching your children the basic elements of proper oral care early will give them better, more fulfilling, and potentially longer lives.
Do these simple things and you can keep your teeth healthy, bright, and attractive. It’s good for your overall health as well as for your mental well-being, your personal confidence, and even your popularity with other people.