This month, National Dental Hygiene Month, Severna Park dentists Dr. Morgan and Dr. Wessner remind their patients that their dental health can have an affect on their overall health.
Recent studies continue to show the correlation between oral health and overall physical well being: problems with oral health can affect overall well being and vice-versa! This interrelationship makes maintaining good oral health more important than ever and emphasizes how regular preventive dental care plays a role in overall long term good health.
There are 8 key components to good dental health, and incorporating these into your everyday lifestyle can go a long way towards keeping you strong and healthy:
Understanding oral health: this can be accomplished with regular dental visits where Dr. Morgan and Dr. Wessner can make recommendations for good oral hygiene that are personalized and take into account other factors that may be influencing your dental health.
Commitment: commit to daily brushing, flossing and using dental care products that will keep your smile healthy between visits is key to long term oral health. Dr. Morgan will often recommend appropriate hygiene products to patients who are having a health issue.
Fluoride products: this applies to both children AND adults! Fluoride helps keep tooth enamel strong and healthy.
Brush and floss: practicing these daily helps to reduce the development of gum disease and tooth decay.
Healthy, balanced diet: added sugars have caused an increase in both oral and overall health issues for today’a dental patients. Limiting sugar is important for overall good health and will also reduce tooth decay.
Stop the use of tobacco: smoking contributes to halitosis, damaged and stained teeth as well as gum disease- if possible, quit smoking!
Perform oral exams at home: looking for and informing your Severna Park dentist of changes in the teeth and gums on a regular basis can mean quicker treatment of developing dental problems.
Dr. Morgan and Dr. Wessner seek to establish a life-long relationship with their dental patients and understand the importance of educating them on good at home oral hygiene to support preventive care and keep them smiling for the long run!