A key factor to maintaining overall good health is dental care. Visiting a dentist regularly is vital to the health of not just your teeth and mouth, but your entire body. A simple brush and floss routine and a check-up every six months are all it takes to maintain a healthy dental care regimen. Taking care of your teeth will ensure you will have a healthy mouth and gums for years to come, but good dental care will also provide many other health benefits.
Having healthy teeth and gums has been linked to prevention of certain diseases such as heart disease. Studies have shown a link between oral inflammatory diseases (like gum disease) and a high risk of heart disease. Having a healthy heart is a great reason to start brushing and flossing your teeth on a regular basis.
A dental care regimen that includes regular brushing and flossing of your teeth and a check-up twice a year may even help to maintain a healthy weight. For those attempting to lose weight, try brushing your teeth directly after a meal. “Tricking” the brain into thinking that eating time is over is a great way to suppress your appetite and prevent late-night snacking. Some studies have found that the smell of mint (like that in toothpaste) also has a link to appetite suppression.
While it is well known in the dental world that healthy teeth and gums are vital to overall health, it is important to consider the health of your baby as well. A study in the Dental Research Journal proposed a link between poor oral care of the mother (with periodontal disease) and a higher risk of complications with the baby such as pre-term birth, low birth weight and even developmental problems.
Having good breath is a mark of good health, as well as a boost to your self-esteem and confidence. With a healthy mouth, you can breathe easily knowing that your breath is odor free. Besides regular brushing and flossing, a consistent dental care regimen and professional cleaning are vital to maintain fresh breath. Many of those with persistent bad breath have a dental problem to blame, and it is wise to visit a dental expert to identify and resolve the problem.
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