17 Feb 2014
For the most part we really don’t think about the inside of our mount until it causes some sort of pain. Teeth and gums however, need to be cared for on a daily basis to not only avoid cavities and pain, but to avoid long term illness that can occur from poor dental care.
Did you know that gum disease can be related to heart disease? That by properly brushing, flossing and taking care of your gums can possibly help prevent heart disease? Wow, such a simple habit of taking care of what goes on in your mouth can help your heart health. One study shows that people with gum disease, gingivitis could be twice as likely to have heart disease.
Brushing at least twice a day if not after every meal should be a habit that we have all cultivated since we were young kids. This habit should follow all of us in good times and especially in bad. It is one thing to have a cavity in good times, but imagine if you didn’t have access to a dentist. Why not make the below list a part of your daily care and hygiene routine:
- Brush morning and night without fail and preferably three times a day after each meal
- Floss every evening right before bed
- Keep some floss picks with you at all times in case you get something stuck between your teeth or for quick mid-day floss after a meal.
- Wear a night guard while sleeping, this will prevent damage at night if you tend to clench and grind your teeth while you sleep
- Always keep some dental cement on hand in case you lose a crown, cap or filling you can put it back on temporarily to avoid further damage until you can get to a dentist.
Taking a few minutes throughout your day and especially before bed to take care of your teeth can save you hours of times in a dentist chair or maybe even your life.