Taking good care of your mouth, teeth and gums is a worthy goal in and of itself. Good oral and dental hygiene can help prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease and can help you keep your teeth as you get older.

Researchers are also discovering new reasons to brush and floss. A healthy mouth may help you ward off medical disorders. The flip side? An unhealthy mouth, especially if you have gum disease, may increase your risk of serious health problems such as heart attack, stroke, poorly controlled diabetes and preterm labor.

The case for good oral hygiene keeps getting stronger. Understand the importance of oral health — and its connection to your overall health. Here’s a few tips to get you going…

• Brush twice a day
• Use floss at least once a day
• Visit your dentist for regular checkups
• Spit out excess toothpaste after brushing instead of rinsing to let the fluoride protect your teeth
• Limit snacking
• Drink lots of water

It is recommended to attend regular dental checkups and cleans every 6 months. This allows dentists to assess for any tooth decay or need for treatment as soon as possible. Early detection of dental issues decreases the likelihood of larger dental treatments and provides dentists with more options of what they can do to protect your teeth!

To help you have a healthy mouth for life watch this short informative video… Have some questions? Give the team at Essential Dental a call on 8251 7677.