You’ve been told by your dentist plenty of times that brushing and flossing every day are important in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Swollen and bleeding gums are early signs that your gums are infected with bacteria. If you don’t receive early treatment, the infection can spread and compromise structures that destroy your teeth and jawbone. A consistent oral hygiene routine is important for the preservation of your teeth, but if this is not enough incentive to take proper care of your teeth, please know that oral hygiene habits can help prevent other diseases as well.

If not kept at reasonable levels by proper oral care, the bacteria in your mouth can travel to other parts of your body. Gum disease may increase the risk of clogged arteries and cardiovascular disease or worsen existing heart diseases. Diabetics with periodontal disease are more likely to have trouble controlling their blood sugar than diabetics with healthy gums. Conversely, conditions such as diabetes and osteoporosis can put your teeth and gums at risk for infections.  Furthermore, gum disease may cause lung infections or exacerbate existing lung conditions as bacteria from your mouth travels through your respiratory system.

Maintaining your oral health through regular dental appointments is important in keeping your whole body healthy. Practicing good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly (once every six months, or more often if you have gum disease) can prevent periodontal disease. Daily brushing and flossing, when done correctly, helps remove most of the plaque from your teeth. Professional cleanings by your dentist or dental hygienist will keep plaque under control in places that are harder for a toothbrush or floss to reach.

Well Beyond Dental is the best dentist in Reno, NV to help maintain your oral health. And with a healthy mouth, you can lead a healthier life. Contact us today to schedule your biannual visit. We look forward to seeing you!