Post 15 – Four benefits of having a clean mouth
When we get older, our teeth age, too. This makes it more important to ensure that you visit the dentist regularly and maintain good oral hygiene. This will keep your teeth healthy for longer.
Plaque builds up throughout the day, and when left, leads to tooth decay. This is because the plaque, when left for long periods of time, releases acidic chemicals that harm the tooth enamel, which is there to protect the teeth. To prevent a build-up of plaque on your teeth, it is advisable to have a professional dental clean at least twice a year. It is also important to maintain regular brushing and flossing to reduce the chance of plaque causing tooth cavities.
Brighten your smile
In addition to plaque build-up harming the enamel, as you age, the enamel thins, which reveals a bone-like tissue called dentin. This is yellow in colour. The thinning of the enamel is caused by wear and tear of the teeth from the food and drinks we consume. Over time, food and drink, as well as tobacco, stain the teeth. This is why it is important to maintain good oral hygiene and arrange regular dental cleaning to remove stubborn stains and maintain a brighter smile.
Prevent bad breath
Bad breath, or halitosis, is most often caused by a build-up of harmful bacteria in the mouth. Whilst brushing your teeth can help in the short term, bad breath can return quickly if the cause of the issue is not resolved. Professional cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist can help to remove the stubborn bacteria that lingers in the mouth and causes repeated bad breath. It’s also important to ensure that you keep brushing your teeth regularly. To get the most from your tooth brushing, ask your dentist for advice as they will be able to give you the best way to maintain your oral hygiene to prevent your bad breath.
Prevent gum disease
Tartar is caused by a build-up of plaque. If tartar is not removed, it can cause periodontal disease which leads to bleeding gums, sores and pain when eating, as the tartar harms the tissues surrounding the teeth. Periodontal disease can also be caused by smoking. As a result, it is important to keep your mouth clean, and speak to a dentist about how best to prevent a build up of harmful materials in the mouth.
By visiting the dentist regularly, at least twice a year, whilst also maintaining good oral hygiene, you will prevent tooth decay and other oral health issues such as bad breath and gum disease. By promoting preventative care, you will not only maintain good oral and overall health, but you will also save money as prevention is much cheaper than reactive care. Get in touch with The Mall Stockport, or a dentist near to you today to schedule an appointment and arrange appropriate care so that you will be showing off your bright smile in no time.