What constitutes good “oral health?” No cavities? Well, that helps! But there’s more to a healthy smile than simply “no tooth decay.”
Oral Health is synonymous with:
One of the easiest ways to maintain good oral health is to prevent small problems from becoming big ones. Small problems become big ones when they are left undetected or untreated. They can also be be precursors to larger issues with your overall health. Gingivitis (gum inflammation) for example, can lead to periodontitis, (more serious gum disease) which can lead to missing teeth. Missing teeth can impact your overall nutrition and even (according to many studies) lead to increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Well, the best and most important thing to do for a healthy smile is a proper daily oral hygiene regimen. Regular brushing and flossing removes plaque and prevents it from building up. Bacteria love plaque. And bacteria are the root cause of oral health issues like gum disease. You should brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and floss at least once per day to remove plaque from between your teeth (where your toothbrush is less effective).
Your nutrition and lifestyle choices are important to oral health as well. Low sugar intake, regular exercise, not smoking and regular visits to Dr. Leach for checkups … these are all important choices you can make to improve your overall oral health.
If you wait until you have a problem before you come visit Dr Leach, you’re already missing out on important oral health choices. Steven Leach Dental has a team of professionals and experts who are here to help you prevent small issues from growing. Your regular dental exams include oral cancer screenings. Dr Leach’s team will check for signs of tooth decay, gum disease and oral infection (all of which can lead to much bigger issues if left undetected or untreated). Dr. Leach’s expert hygienists will give your teeth a professional cleaning, which removes unhealthy deposits from hard-to-reach places. The team is happy to answer all your oral health questions.
So, don’t wait while small, treatable issues become increasingly problematic. Schedule regular checkups with Dr. Leach’s office. These checkups can save you time, money, and pain! We’re all on the same team, and our goal is to keep your teeth happy and healthy as long as possible!