You’ve always heard from your dentist that it’s important to brush your teeth twice a day for a clean, bright smile, or else you’ll get cavities. But that’s not all that can happen if you don’t brush your teeth. Skipping part of your oral health routine on a rare occasion may not significantly impact your dental health, but doing it often can wreak havoc on both your oral and overall health.
How Bacteria Grow on Teeth
It’s completely normal to have plaque and bacteria on the surface of and in between your teeth, even if you diligently brush twice a day. But these bacteria love to feed on sugars and acids that we so commonly eat every day, making it much easier for them to multiply rapidly. On top of having a solid dental health routine, diet is important. Swap out candy and soda for naturally flavored waters and foods rich in protein and fiber like cheese, nuts, fresh fruit, and leafy greens.
How Bacteria Cause Gum Disease
Once these bacteria start growing under your gum line, you are more likely to develop gum disease that can destroy your teeth over time. If you have red, inflamed, and bleeding gums, you may have gingivitis, or early-stage gum disease. As gum disease progresses, your gums will begin to recede and separate from your teeth, no longer protecting the vulnerable areas near your tooth roots. As a result, the bacteria will spread to your tooth roots, causing decay and ultimately tooth loss. This can be both costly and painful to mitigate down the line.
How Bacteria Affect Your Body
Not only do plaque and bacteria harm your gums and teeth, but they can also have an impact on your body. Swallowing these harmful bacteria can lead to heart disease, issues during pregnancy, and give way to repeat infections that become harder to fight off over time.
How to Practice Positive Oral Health Habits
Maintaining your oral health doesn’t have to be difficult. Eating a proper diet and setting aside five minutes every morning and evening to brush and floss your teeth are great ways to prevent gum disease. Visiting your dentist for regular examinations and cleanings is equally important to maintaining optimal oral health. Come see us at McNeely Family Dentistry for a comfortable and top-notch dental care experience. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!
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