How a Sparkling Smile Can Prevent Other Health Risks
Good oral hygiene is important—not only for looking great, but for preventing diseases in other parts of your body as well. Studies show that poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems, such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, strokes, and more.
Regular checkups and cleanings can help prevent these problems, as well as provide you with good oral hygiene.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends the following for good dental care:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.
- Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed—a worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.
- Clean between teeth daily with floss. Bacteria linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach, which can cause tooth decay. Flossing helps remove food particles and plaque (the sticky film on teeth) from between your teeth and under the gum line.
- Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
- Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and routine oral exams.
Remember, preventive care—such as cleanings—is covered at little to no cost to you if you have PacificSource dental insurance.