People hear a lot about maintaining a healthy weight, the importance of exercise, eating a balanced diet, not smoking (or quitting smoking), and taking daily vitamins. However, one area of health that is often overlooked by medical professionals and individuals is that of dental care.
Dental care is an important aspect of general health. It is said that a person’s oral health is a window to his overall health. Did you catch that? The health of your mouth is a huge indicator of the health of your entire body. There are two major components of dental care: how you care for your smile at home and visiting the dentist regularly.
It is essential that you take care of your teeth properly at home. Plaque is always forming on your teeth. You know that “fuzzy” coating you feel at the end of the day on your teeth, that is plaque buildup. It is caused by millions of oral bacteria inside your mouth, and they need to be removed daily. You need to brush your teeth at least twice a day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride. You need to floss daily, preferably before bed, to scrape plaque from the teeth and to remove food particles that are trapped between the teeth. You can also incorporate an antibacterial mouthwash to help control plaque bacteria.
There are two parts to a dental visit: the cleaning and the examination. During the cleaning, your teeth will be scaled. While you can remove most plaque at home, when plaque hardens it turns into tartar. Tartar cannot be removed at home, so it must be removed with special tools that scrape it off the teeth. This is the most uncomfortable portion of dental visits; however, it can be greatly reduced by flossing at home. Your teeth will also be flossed and polished so that they are exceptionally clean when you leave the dentist’s office.
After the cleaning, your mouth will be examined for cavities, gum disease, and any signs of trouble. You may not know this, but your dentist carefully checks your tongue, throat, face, head, and neck for possible signs of cancer. Dentists are often the very first medical professional to spot very concerning issues, which is why you should never neglect your regular dental appointments.
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At Juban Cowen Dental Care, we want to encourage everyone to make their oral health a priority. The importance of dental care, both at home and at the dentist’s office, is immeasurable.
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