Big Oral Hygiene Mistakes You’re Making
Have you always had something of a poor bite misalignment of teeth? Did you know that letting it be for decades can cause problems when you’re older? If your mouth is misaligned, it’s best to get it taken care of sooner rather than later. (Believe me: your 60-year-old self will thank your 30-year-old self a lot.)
If you’re teeth are misaligned, you have malocclusion. If you don’t treat this condition, you create stress on your teeth and jaws, which can lead to premature wear on your teeth, which means your bite and chewing capabilities will grow worse in your old age, possibly causing some additional health problems after age 60 or 70.
Instead, ask your Plano dentist to look into your misalignment while you’re young.
Read below for four more mistakes you may be making in your oral hygiene today that could cost you tomorrow.
- Not going to the dentist for professional cleaning and checkups at least twice a year. Plaque does build up on your teeth quickly. Even brushing and flossing won’t get it all, but your dentist can get a great deal of it off your teeth when you visit his office. Leave it on your teeth and you will see cavities and possibly a more serious form of periodontal disease.
- Ignoring a sore in your mouth that lasts more than two weeks. A sore that doesn’t heal in your mouth could be a sign of oral cancer. Don’t ignore it; go see your dentist.
- Neglecting your teeth when young could lead to stroke and/or dementia when you’re a senior. Ignore your teeth and you could lose them. That’s bad enough. But tooth loss due to poor dental hygiene has been shown to be a risk factor for memory loss, including Alzheimer’s disease. The reason is that tooth loss is due to untreated gum infections, which cause inflammation in your gum tissue, which can move from your mouth via your circulatory system to your brain, causing brain cell death. (By the way, having a stroke also is a risk factor for developing dementia.)
- Poor oral hygiene also can lead to heart attack for the same reason: inflammation in your mouth/gum tissue can move to your heart, causing artery blockages and increasing your risk of heart attack.
In a nutshell, ignoring good oral habits can lead to truly serious medical issues (dementia, stroke, heart attack). Taking care of your teeth is easy: just brush, floss and see your dentist regularly. Not doing so may seem minor in your day-to-day life, but it can have serious consequences.
Do the easy: take care of your teeth!
If it’s been more than six months since your last dental checkup, don’t delay: call Plano dentist Dr. Darren Dickson today!
Contact our office by phone to make an appointment.
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