June is Oral Health Month! National Oral Health Month was first introduced to us in 2012 by Colgate and has since then been officially endorsed by the American Dental Association. It’s a good reminder that oral health is important not only for your teeth but also for your general health and that oral health and summertime go together like potato salad and a picnic!
Does Oral Health Affect Your Overall Health?
Oral Health can have a significant impact on your overall health. Bacteria can enter your bloodstream and spread throughout your body if you have rotting teeth, as is the case with tooth decay. This might cause serious infections and even heart disease.
Gum Disease can quickly become severe enough to cause pregnancy complications and heart disease. Gum disease can also cause a lot of trouble for your health by raising overall inflammation. Not to mention missing or painful teeth can make eating healthy more difficult further affecting your health.
Not to mention the psychological well-being disadvantages of not having a beautiful and healthy smile. Oftentimes dental complaints can cause people to forgo better work, dating, or personal opportunities and contribute to an overall lower self-confidence.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. There is a LOT you can do to help keep your smile as bright as that Texas June sunshine!
Top Tips for Maintaining Oral Health
- Brushing and flossing your teeth after every meal
You can improve your dental health by brushing and flossing after every meal to keep your beautiful smile.. Brushing and flossing allow you to get rid of food and plaque that accumulates between teeth and gums. Brush your teeth and tongue for at least 2 minutes with a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, and follow with some floss.
Pro-tip: Keep a travel set of dental tools at work to clean your teeth after lunch and never miss an opportunity to keep those pearly whites pearly and white.
- Eat plenty of healthy unprocessed foods
Eating healthy is not just good for your muscles and your skin – it’s also essential for your teeth! Maintaining a healthy diet helps to feed your teeth what they need to stay strong and healthy, and helps your body to fight oral infections when/if encountered.
- Check your mouth for any oral cancer warning signs
Oral Cancer affects more than 5,400 Americans each year. It is one of the easiest detectable at early stages and checking for these warning signs can make all the difference; with 90% of early caught cases being fully curable!
Common warning signs include red or white discolorations, bleeding, sores that do not heal, or small thickened areas in the mouth.
- Eliminate tobacco products
By now you already know the health risks of tobacco use but they bear repeating. Smoking and/or chewing tobacco can be very very harmful to a healthy smile.
Tobacco users are more than 6 times more likely to develop oral cancer than nonsmokers. It can add additional plaque to your teeth and it can weaken your immune system making it harder to fight future infections.
- Use antibacterial mouthwashes
Antimicrobial mouthwashes can help to prevent plaque formation, infections, and bad breath. A quick swish and spit can go a long way, so be sure to keep some on hand.
- Regular visits to the dentist, every 4 -6 months
One of the most important things you can do to maintain your oral health is to visit your local Plano Dentist for a check-up. Dental hygiene appointments to remove plaque and tartar from teeth located beneath the gums. This helps to prevent not only cavities but bone loss. These every day but critical appointments allow your dental team to polish, floss, and assess the overall condition of your teeth.
Schedule Your Appointment with Dental Renaissance This June!
We meant it when we said that summertime fun and oral health go together like potato salad and a picnic! June is the perfect time to get back on track with your oral health and with all the kids out of school and our AWESOME Central AC there’s never been a better time to come relax at the dentist!
So schedule your appointment with the specialists at Dental Renaissance today!