Dental health is a topic that often gets swept under the rug in favor of more interesting health and wellness topics. However, Dr. Foleck and his knowledgeable staff want their patients to know about the importance of dental health and how it can play a large part in the state of their overall health. Here is some additional information about why your oral health is so important.
Although they have been told by their dentist what good oral health means, many patients are still not sure how it applies to their own teeth. Good oral hygiene means that when you are finished brushing and flossing your teeth, your mouth will look, feel, and smell clean and healthy.
Some examples of good oral hygiene are:
Your teeth are free of debris or food particles.
Your gums do not bleed, are a healthy pink color and do not hurt when you brush or floss.
Your breath smells clean and fresh.
Chronic bad breath is not a problem.
There are no open sores, raised areas, or discolored spots in your mouth or on your teeth.
You care for your teeth regularly and see a dentist every 6 months.
Missing or broken teeth can result in a loss of self-esteem, reduced employment possibilities and poor social interactions. Patients with poor dental health often have other problems like depression and anxiety related to their missing teeth. Experts have also linked poor oral health with other dangerous diseases like Alzheimer’s, diabetes, heart disease, low birth weight, osteoporosis and other health problems. Consequently, practicing good oral health c an often bring about a positive change that could also impact the state of your overall health.
There are a variety of important reasons why patients should maintain good oral health. Keeping your mouth healthy can let you keep your teeth instead of ending up with a mouth full of dentures. Good oral health can also mean having functional teeth, as well as being able to smile with confidence and comfort. The presence of teeth greatly improves your speech and a pleasant smile enhances your personality. So unless you want a mouth full of dentures, give good oral hygiene a try!
Empty spaces between teeth can increase plaque and bacteria build-up that could cause additional problems like cavities, gum disease and other issues. Filling in empty spaces with natural-looking dental implants can help prevent plaque and food build-up. Additionally, dental implants are the only permanent tooth replacement product that can stop or reverse the jawbone deterioration that usually occurs with missing teeth.
Missing teeth can cause a characteristic sunken face and premature wrinkles around the mouth. Filling those gaps can also help you regain a fuller and more youthful facial appearance.
Poor dental hygiene, missing teeth, and issues with oral health are preventable problems. This means that most of the population here in the United States has the means and ability to create better oral health at home.
Here are some simple ways you can improve your oral health:
1) Always brush and floss after each meal.
2) Use fluoride mouthwash at least once a day.
3) Chew sugar-free gum after meals if you can’t brush.
4) Avoid sugary foods and acidic drinks.
5) Drink plenty of water to keep oral tissues hydrated .
6) See your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.
7) Eat a diet that is well balanced and nutrition filled.
Dr. Foleck wants all of his Norfolk and Hampton, VA patients to know that their dental problems and missing or crooked teeth should not keep them from good health or a self-confident smile. We offer amazing dental implants that can improve and restore your smile and your oral health quickly and easily. If you would you like to know more about dental implant candidacy or payment options, please feel free to check out the rest of our informative dental implants website or call one of our helpful staff members for more information. Today is a great day to improve your smile and restore your self-confidence with beautiful dental implants from The Foleck Center.
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