Why is it important to take good care of your oral health? What tangible benefits are there? Why do dentists keep on emphasising this during your annual dental visit?
Here are 3 reasons why you should pay more attention to your oral care:
1. Healthy mouth, healthy body.
Taking care of your teeth is not just about having a nice smile and pleasant breath. A healthy mouth and healthy body go hand in hand. Research from Harvard Medical School has shown that gum disease increases the burden on other chronic diseases and there are links between oral health and overall health. Let’s face it, the better you maintain your teeth, the less likely you will suffer from oral diseases.
So why go through the pain and hassle when prevention is better than treatment?
2. A healthy set of teeth helps to boost confidence and self-esteem.
Have you ever felt self-conscious about your breath? A healthy set of teeth will boost your confidence, raise your self-esteem and won’t leave you worrying about your breath! Studies have also found that smiling with your teeth makes you look more positive, confident and successful. Visit your dentist regularly to get your teeth checked, and practice good oral hygiene to promote healthy teeth and gums. With enough confidence, you won’t have to think twice about flashing those pearly whites.
3. Your adult teeth are permanent.
Similar to the popular acronym YOLO (You Only Live Once), your set of adult teeth is your last set of teeth! When you have to remove a tooth because of decay, a new one does not grow back. Not caring for your teeth properly may lead to damages and other undesirable effects. When it gets to that stage, nothing you do will reverse the situation.
While there may be solutions to replace missing teeth such as dentures and teeth implants, it can seriously impact your ability to chew food properly and requires extra care to maintain the dentures or implants. The last thing you would want is to fret over your bad oral care decisions resulting in such troublesome remedies. This is the perfect time to step up and take charge of your oral health before it is too late.
It is also important to visit the dentist regularly as they can spot any problems you might have with your teeth early on and suggest any improvements that could be made to your oral care regime.