Advanced Dental Care Clinic on the Gold Coast see a number of patients needing extensive dental work due to not looking after their teeth properly. You may not know that poor dental care can affect not just your teeth but your overall health! Read on to find 10 great dental hygiene tips.
Here, Advanced Dental Care Clinic share some information on why simply brushing your teeth, morning and night to remove plaque and bacteria can reduce the risk of some life threatening diseases:
The bacteria that is present in inflammation of the gums and periodontal disease can enter your bloodstream. This causes hardening of the arteries in the heart, limiting blood flow.
High levels of disease-causing bacteria from the mouth can obstruct the carotid artery which delivers blood to the brain and head. If this artery gets a blockage it could increase the risk of having a stroke.
The bacteria from gingivitis (gum disease) can enter the brain through our bloodstream or nerve channels in the head, leading to the development of Alzheimer’s disease from the death of brain cells.
Bacteria from periodontal disease that has travelled through the bloodstream to the lungs has been linked to an increase risk of bronchitis or pneumonia.
Diabetes sufferers are also more susceptible to gingivitis and gum disease, making it harder to control blood sugars, leading to further diabetic complications.
As you can see, brushing and flossing is vitally important, not just to your teeth but to the overall health of your body.
Advanced Dental Care Clinic offer 10 great dental hygiene tips so you don’t experience any of the potentially life threatening diseases associated with poor dental hygiene:
- Avoid sweet, sugary or starchy foods
- Don’t drink highly sweetened liquids or sugary soft drinks
- Thoroughly brush morning and night with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste
- Diligently floss teeth morning and night
- Use a mouthwash to ward off bacteria and bad breath
- Don’t use teeth as tools to open bags, bottles, nuts etc
- Use a mouthguard when playing sports
- Don’t smoke
- Don’t drink alcohol
- Visit a dentist regularly for check-up and clean
It’s highly apparent a few simple measures in keeping up good dental hygiene can save you lots of unwanted dentist visits and a myriad of health problems. The team at Advanced Dental Care Clinic encourage good dental hygiene from a young age.
If you do have some dental issues that you would like looked at, remember it’s never too late to start a good dental care regime. Call the caring and professional team at Advanced Dental Care Clinic today, we can help you get started.