Did you know that research has proven that there is a direct connection between a person’s oral health and overall health? That’s right, experts have even claimed that oral health is the key to overall health, placing importance on the significant role dentists play in improving our health. It’s even more reason to find out the best ways to look after your teeth.

Researchers in Sweden have discovered a correlation between poor oral care and reduced life expectancy. This is because it is believed that oral bacteria can escape into the bloodstream and harm major organs. And those with gum disease have an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, dementia and arthritis.

A few of the best ways to look after your teeth

Teeth help us to chew and digest our food, but they also help us talk, and pronounce different sounds clearly. They help give shape to our face, as well as show off a beautiful smile – a great asset to have!

When you look after your teeth, you can avoid many painful, expensive and time-consuming visits to the dentist. And poor health in teeth can lead to tooth decay, fillings, crowns, inlays, root canal, infection or gum disease, to name just a few.

For this reason, it’s best to form good habits with a good routine at home that will keep your teeth and gums healthy. This starts with:

  • Brushing your teeth regularly, without force, twice a day.
  • Cleaning in between the teeth with floss at the end of each day.
  • Having good eating habits and avoiding sugary food and drinks.
  • Going for regular dental check-ups.

A few small changes in your daily routine can make a big difference in your oral and overall health. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommend using a toothbrush that has soft bristles and that you change your toothbrush every three months.

Flossing once a day removes plaque and bacteria from between the teeth where a toothbrush is unable to reach. This will really help get rid of any bacteria that might be setting up camp in your mouth. Even better, regular flossing helps prevent bad breath by removing debris and food that sometimes gets trapped between the teeth.

But eating the right type of foods, and avoiding bad foods is key to maintaining good oral health. According to LiveScience, research is finding that certain foods may be good for your teeth too.

Having regular dental checkups is another key aspect of keeping your mouth and gums healthy. Experts recommend that you have a dental checkup every six months where the dentist will clean your teeth, removing plaque and tartar. They’ll also check for any signs of cavities, gum disease, or other concerns so that you can catch it early.

Looking after your teeth have more benefits than you think

Well, science sure does say we should keep our teeth healthy. But it’s not only about our health. Having healthy teeth help to give our face its shape, and a healthy smile can brighten anyone’s day. More scientific research from Loma Linda University suggests that people almost instantly notice the colour of your teeth first. Another reason why it really does make sense to give your teeth the best care possible.

Have you missed a few of your dental checkups? It’s not too late to start taking control of your dental health.

College Gate Dental Practice has been serving the local community and the greater Dublin area for over 40 years. Our highly trained clinicians offer a wide varied range of Dental treatments. From routine maintenance procedures such as examinations and dental hygiene treatments to restorative and cosmetic dental treatments as well as specialist dental treatments. Get in touch with our reception team for further information or to book your appointment.