A lot is said about how to improve certain aspects of your dental hygiene routine, such as brushing and flossing your teeth more carefully. It can be easy to grow lax when you practice the same routine twice a day, and in the case of dental hygiene, that can open the door to a number of different oral health concerns. What isn’t as commonly discussed is the way in which keeping up with good dental hygiene specifically benefits your oral health and helps you keep your smile healthy.
There are few feelings as good as knowing you’ve successfully kept your smile clean and healthy since your last dental visit. During each visit, your dentist or hygienist will carefully clean away any traces of plaque and tartar, or calcified plaque, that have accumulated on your teeth and gums. Brushing and flossing your teeth every day helps control this buildup and reduce the amount of tartar that’s allowed to calcify. This means your hygiene largely determines your risks of developing chronic dental issues. Also, your dentist can tell how well you’ve kept up with your dental hygiene efforts in the time since your last visit.
When poor hygiene leads to the development of issues like cavities or gingivitis (early gum disease), some of their earliest symptoms include common discomforts like sensitive and aching teeth, chronic bad breath, and more. When these symptoms are signs of a developing dental health issue, the only way to alleviate them is to address the issues that’s causing them. The preferable solution is to prevent such symptoms from showing up, which means practicing consistently good hygiene to keep plaque and tartar buildup, and your risks of dental health issues, low.
Once your tooth structure starts to decay (cavity) or your gums become diseased (gingivitis), they’ll get more severe and cause more intense symptoms as they progress. The longer you wait, the more extensive your treatment will need to be to restore your good oral health. This is the main reason why maintaining your healthy, natural smile and avoiding chronic oral health issues is important. Because such issues often result from the excessive buildup of oral bacteria, keeping up with your good hygiene practices is paramount to that goal.
If you want to keep your smile consistently healthy, then keeping up with good dental hygiene is the most important place to start. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Yelena Popkova D.D.S. in Merrimack, NH, today at 603-595-9400. We also serve the residents of Nashua, Hudson, Manchester, Milford, and all surrounding communities.