Brushing, flossing, regular trips to the dentist.
You already know that these are the components of good oral hygiene.
They’re a necessity – not just for your teeth and mouth but for the health of the rest of your body, too.
Let’s get back to basics and refresh your knowledge with this little quiz.
You should give your teeth a thorough cleaning at least twice a day, though an afternoon filled with sugary treats can warrant an extra brushing.
You should be flossing once a day.
Flossing more frequently can irritate your gums, and flossing less puts you at risk for damaging your teeth.
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Candy, sweets and any other foods or drinks that are filled with sugar can cause tooth decay, which can lead to gum disease.
Acidic foods can damage the enamel on your teeth, making them more susceptible to cavities.
Choices that are good for your teeth (and overall health) include fresh fruits, dairy products and other healthy sources of calcium will help to build and strengthen your tooth enamel.
Your mouth is the gateway to your body.
Bacteria can build up on your teeth and cause your gums to become infected. Your immune system moves in to take care of the infection, which causes inflammation.
This inflammation will continue unless the infection is managed.
Over time, chemicals released by inflammation breaks down gums and bone structure. A severe gum disease – periodontitis – is the result.
This inflammation in your body affects the way the body uses insulin, impacting your blood sugar.
In addition to this, 91% of patients with heart disease also have periodontitis, though the exact relationship isn’t known for sure, it’s suspected that the blood vessels become inflamed.
Your blood pressure goes up and the risk of heart attack and stroke is higher.
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Though many people don’t even think about it, your tongue is a vital part of your overall dental hygiene.
Use a tongue cleaner or a soft bristle toothbrush to clean your tongue once a day.
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Here’s the deal.
Going to the dentist twice a year is vital for your oral health.
Depending on the plan, most dental insurance policies will cover a cleaning/check-up or two per year.
It’s recommended that you see your dentist every six months. Without coverage, you’re more likely to skip getting a check-up.
And dental problems that aren’t dealt with promptly won’t resolve on their own – they’ll only get worse.
The health of your mouth matters.
Just like health insurance is linked to having an overall healthier lifestyle, having a good dental insurance policy increases the likelihood that you’ll go to the dentist on a regular basis.
If you’re without a dental policy or the one you have isn’t meeting your needs, talk with an independent insurance expert who can help you find the best policy for you.
Are you worried about your dental health? When was the last time you reviewed coverage with an expert to see how affordable coverage is?