Article provided by: Dental Excellence of Hatfield
The key to a healthy mouth has much to do with impeccable oral hygiene. At Dental Excellence of Hatfield, we understand that supporting health is not the only thing proper oral hygiene will do for you.
As any Hatfield dentist knows, keeping your dental health in good condition can go a long way regarding immediate and future benefits. Some of the most important aspects include:
- Better Digestion
Your smile isn’t the only thing affected by tooth loss. One of the more significant side effects is that your digestion will be affected. The digestive process starts in the mouth with the chewing process. That is where food is mixed with the digestive enzymes in the mouth, preparing it for the next stage that’s to take place in the stomach. Not being able to chew food properly will, in time, cause digestive problems, along with the inability to eat certain healthy foods.
- Protecting Your Heart
Gum infections are common in people with poor oral hygiene. They occur because of the accumulation of bacteria below the gum, causing abscesses and infecting the tissue and the base of the tooth. If the infection enters the bloodstream through gum injuries – even tiny ones – it may end up reaching your heart.
- Decreasing The Risk Of Serious Diseases
Some serious health problems are connected to poor oral hygiene. Here we include an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, mouth and throat cancer, erectile dysfunction, and even prostate problems. The risk of developing these conditions can be significantly reduced by flossing and brushing regularly, as well as visiting the dentist at least twice a year depending on your individual needs.
- Psychological Benefits
People with visible cavities and plaque, bad breath, discolored, chipped, or missing teeth often show less self-confidence and are often embarrassed to smile or even socialize. Improving oral health can restore your confidence.
- Increasing Social Confidence
A clean, shining smile helps build a positive first impression. No matter how hard we try not to, we do tend to judge or make assumptions about others based on their appearance. Someone with a healthy, bright, confident smile will almost always inspire a more positive first impression than someone who hides their smile because of embarrassment.
Adopting regular hygiene habits that are meant to keep your teeth and gums healthy will prevent most major issues. Maintaining a regular dental appointment routine will help find any issues that do appear from becoming a bigger (and more expensive) problem.
As your Hatfield dentist, we will not only help you preserve your health but also teach you how to make your way through life while smiling with confidence.
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