As the new school year begins and students return to school after a long summer, oral health can often fall by the wayside in favor of other important concerns. However, Dr. Kontos and the staff at Emanuel Kontos, DMD want their patients to know about the importance of dental health and how it can play a large part in the overall health of each patient. Continue reading to discover some additional information about what it means to have good oral hygiene and why oral health is so important.
Along with good study habits, patients should learn to practice good oral hygiene habits as well. Good oral hygiene means that when you are finished brushing and flossing your teeth, your mouth looks, smells, and feels clean, healthy, and fresh. Some specific examples of what this looks like are:
There are many important reasons why you should get and maintain good oral health. Keeping your mouth healthy can help you keep your teeth instead of ending up with dentures. Good oral health can also mean having functional teeth, as well as being able to smile with confidence and comfort. The presence of healthy and functional teeth greatly improves your speech, enhances your appearance, and allows your personality to shine through.
Research has also linked poor oral health with dangerous diseases like diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, osteoporosis, low birth weight, and other serious health problems. Consequently, achieving good oral health can often bring about a positive change that could also improve your overall health.
The good thing about poor dental hygiene, missing teeth, and issues with oral health is that they are all preventable problems. This means that most of us have the means and ability to create better oral health at home. Start with small steps and work your way up to more drastic changes.
Here are some simple things you can add to your daily routine to improve your oral health during the upcoming school year:
1) Brush and floss your teeth daily.
2) Eat a well-balanced and nutrition-filled diet.
3) Chew sugar-free gum after meals when you can’t brush your teeth.
4) Limit high sugar foods, excessive amounts of simple carbohydrates, and acidic drinks.
5) Drink plenty of water.
6) Get small oral health issues under control rapidly so they do not become larger ones in the long run.
7) Avoid tobacco products and excessive alcohol consumption.
8) See a dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings.
Dental problems need not keep patients from achieving excellent oral health or a confident smile. Emanuel Kontos, DMD offers dental implant treatment that can improve the appearance of your teeth as well as your oral health rapidly and efficiently. If you would you like to know more about financing options, please feel free to check out the rest of our Dental Implants InfoSite or call one of our helpful staff members for more information now.
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