Updated: Dec 18, 2018
Love is in the Air! Love yourself, Love your teeth!
Well tomorrow is Valentine’s day. You may be looking forward to a cosy evening in, a romantic meal for two or you may be simply letting it pass by unnoticed.
Whatever you are or are not planning, we hope you are taking time to love yourself.
Looking after your Oral Health will not only be nicer for your partner on Valentine’s day and every day, but will actually help maintain your overall health and well being!
But just why is brushing your teeth important to your oral health?
Brushing your teeth helps to prevent bad breath
Using a mouthwash rinse can help to reduce the bacteria in your mouth
Replace your tooth brush every 3 months, or sooner if the bristles become splayed
Brushing your teeth helps prevent tooth decay
Brushing your teeth twice a day, especially after meals helps to eliminate the acids in your mouth that attack tooth enamel.
Brushing your teeth properly removes plaque from the surfaces of the teeth
Flossing helps to remove the plaque from between your teeth
Brushing your teeth helps prevent gum disease, a leading cause of tooth loss in adults
Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums which, if left untreated, can eventually affect the bone supporting the teeth.
Plaque is a colourless film of bacteria, which constantly builds up, so not brushing your teeth twice a day can contribute to infection of the gums.
Visit your dentist regularly to have your mouth examined. Most dentists recommend every 6 months. See your dentist immediately if you notice any problems. Do not leave them unchecked.
It’s not just your mouth at risk.
There is a link between gum disease and Diabetes as well as bacteria found in plaque being a potential cause of lung disease or aggravator of existing lung conditions.
Poor oral health can affect your appearance and self-esteem, making you unhappy.
Your heart too, can really become unhappy! There are links made between failure to brush your teeth and potentially fatal heart problems.
Some bacteria that linger in the mouth can cause life-threatening blood clots which could trigger the rare condition Infective Endocarditis.
Looked after properly, your teeth can last a lifetime. You’re made for each other!
So, have fun this valentine’s day. Having happy healthy teeth will help keep your heart happy and healthy too!
For more information contact College Street Dental Centre on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01730 263180.
For further information or advice contact College Street Dental Centre in Petersfield, Hampshire on 01730 263180