Everyone wants to have a beautiful smile which is why practicing daily oral hygiene is important! Having poor oral hygiene can lead to a lot of dental and medical problems in the future such as infection, gum disease, heart disease, bone loss, strokes and more. Regular check ups and cleanings with your local dentist can stop these problems as well as provide you with good oral hygiene.
Oral health touches every aspect of our lives but is often taken for granted. Your mouth is a window into the health of your body. It can show signs of nutritional deficiencies or general infection. Systemic diseases, those that affect the entire body, may first become apparent because of mouth lesions or other oral problems.
Traditionally, oral health has been defined as the absence of disease. But in 2016, the FDI Dental World Federation published a new definition of oral health: “Oral health is multifaceted and includes the ability to speak, smile, taste, touch, chew, swallow, and convey a range of emotions through facial expressions with confidence and without pain, discomfort and disease of the craniofacial complex.
Some 100 million Americans fail to see a dentist each year, even though regular dental examinations and good oral hygiene can prevent most dental disease. Many people believe that they need to see a dentist only if they are in pain or think something is wrong, but regular dental visits can contribute to a lifetime of good oral health. If you are experiencing dental pain, don’t put off seeing a dentist. With dentistry’s many advances, diagnosis and treatment are more sophisticated and comfortable than ever.
You should visit your local dentist at minimum twice a year to have a full hygiene treatment performed. At these appointments, a comprehensive exam is taken with x-rays to help find and stop any future dental treatments from happening.
You can practice good oral hygiene by always brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, cleaning between your teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner, replacing your toothbrush every three or four months and by eating a balanced diet and limiting between-meal snacks. Don’t forget to schedule regular dental check-ups to keep your smile, and yourself, healthy.
The Dentistry of Dr. Ka-Ron Y. Wade
2101 Crawford St, Suite 103
Houston, TX 77002