We may emphasize cosmetic dentistry, but that doesn’t mean we’re lax about maintaining good oral health. We can’t stress it enough! One crucial step you can take for the sake of your smile is to keep up on good cleaning habits, including brushing and flossing regularly.
We do acknowledge, however, that sometimes even despite your best efforts, you might experience cavities or other types of decay or disease. Our treatments and procedures can make a world of difference if your smile is severely damaged by decay or disease.
But trust us when we say that the tried-and-true method to keep your teeth healthy and strong is to never let the situation get worse than a cavity. Prevention is key!
What Do We Mean by Oral Health?
To us, oral health encompasses so much more than daily oral hygiene routines. Yes, it’s very important to brush and floss every day, but it’s equally important to live a healthy life. That means eating healthy, getting enough exercise, and drinking plenty of water.
You got it! The health of your mouth is inseparably connected to the health of the rest of your body. If you neglect your physical health—or brushing and flossing, of course—you could be putting your teeth and oral health at risk for serious repercussions.
Your Teeth and Oral Health
You probably feel like your teeth are pretty important. They do so much for you! Think about how often you use your teeth throughout the day:
- Facial Expressions.
- Kissing (thought we wouldn’t mention that one, didn’t you?)
It is so important to maintain good oral health so that you can keep your teeth as long as possible—possibly your whole life! As dentists, we’re kinda nerdy about teeth, so here are some facts about teeth and how you can take good care of them:
- Your teeth are living things! They’re connected in an intricate web of blood vessels and nerves. This makes an easy pathway for blood to flow but also bacteria if you aren’t careful.
- Enamel is the outer part of your tooth and works to protect your teeth from being worn down as you chew and from disease. However, if bacteria are allowed to form on your tooth, they can eat through the enamel and cause infection.
- Take good care of your teeth! Brush your teeth at least twice daily. We also recommend flossing at least once a day. You can also brush and floss after eating foods with lots of carbs since those are bacteria’s favorite.
- Set regular dental appointments and teeth cleanings with us so we can check for beginning signs of cavities or other potential issues. Our cleanings will make sure to get all the plaque off your teeth so your mouth can be healthy and strong.
Tooth Loss Terror!
The consequences of delaying or avoiding necessary oral care can be unpleasant. Bacteria can wear down your teeth causing cavities and then infections.
Once this happens, you may experience severe pain and discomfort in the tooth or teeth. If left untreated and uncared for long enough, this kind of infection can reach the roots of the tooth, which connect to your surrounding teeth through blood vessels and nerve endings.
This is when the situation can become very serious. An untreated bacterial infection can spread to all your teeth, potentially causing them to decay and become so infected that they fall out of your mouth.
But the problems won’t stop with all your teeth falling out. The infection can spread to other parts of your body through the bloodstream, potentially leading to other health issues for other parts of your body.
Taking good care of your teeth is vital to keeping your oral health in good shape and by extension maintaining your entire overall health.
Treat Your Teeth Today
We can’t emphasize enough the importance of taking good care of your teeth, and your general physical health. Our team at Weinberg Dentistry is dedicated to providing patients like you with quality dental care.
Dental treatments and regular cleanings and checkups with our group of skilled dentists and staff are designed to get your teeth healthy and keep them that way. You can trust us to work hard to help you maintain good oral health. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment!