August 23, 2019
August sometimes seems like a boring month, especially if no one in your family is starting a new school year. There aren’t any holidays in August, right? That’s where you’re wrong. The whole month of August is a holiday! It’s National Wellness Month, an entire month focused on making sure your health is in excellent shape. But it shouldn’t be only about your bodily health. You should spend some time getting your dental health in good condition as well. Let’s take a closer look at why you should up your oral hygiene game.
How Is Dental Health Connected to Overall Health?
Your mouth is one of the main gateways from the outside world to the inside of your body, so it’s important to take care of it. Your mouth is home to lots of bacteria, most of which are harmless or even beneficial. However, when you neglect to brush or floss or see your dentist regularly, plaque can build up and problems can arise.
Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that persistently forms on our teeth. When we brush and floss, we disturb the plaque so that it can’t harden into a material called tartar. The bacteria in plaque and tartar not only cause cavities, but they attack the structures that keep your teeth anchored to your gums. If you don’t take care of your dental health, you could get gum disease and your teeth could even fall out!
Gum disease by itself is harmful enough, but studies have shown that it may lead to other health issues. When bacteria attack your gums, they create pockets through which they can enter your bloodstream. Then, they can travel to other areas of your body, such as your heart and lungs, and wreak havoc, resulting in cardiovascular disease and pneumonia, respectively. By taking care of your oral health, you could even be saving your life!
How Can You Take Care of Your Oral Health?
Follow these steps to keep your teeth and gums in good condition:
- Floss once a day at least.
- Brush your teeth every morning and night with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush.
- Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash.
- Avoid consuming too many sugary snacks and drinks.
- Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and other mouth-healthy foods.
- Don’t use tobacco.
- Replace your toothbrush at least every two to three months.
- Visit your dentist for a regular checkup and professional cleaning twice a year.
Your dental health is connected with your overall health. Caring for your teeth and gums is one of the best ways to celebrate National Wellness Month.
About the Practice
At Advanced Dentistry of Athens, Drs. J. Benjamin Patrick and Brant Sandifer are a talented team of dentists who bring unique skills to the table to treat patients in the Athens, GA community. They keep their practice small so they can build intimate relationships with each and every patient who walks through the doors. To learn more about how to take care of your dental health, click here or call (706) 546-8720.
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