8 Reasons You Should Take Care of Your Teeth
Ignite your motivation to take care of your oral health.
We know taking care of our teeth is important, but sometimes daily brushing and flossing can feel a little monotonous. If you’ve noticed you’ve been a little lax with your at-home oral care or it’s been a while since you’ve seen a dentist, we’ve got just the thing for you.
Here are 8 motivating reminders that will spark your interest in oral health and inspire you to get back on track.
1. A great smile is a real boon to your social life.
Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. A great smile you share confidently with others is a big factor in success in life, especially within social settings and relationship building.
In addition to a bright, white smile, healthy teeth and gums also mean fresh breath. Brushing and flossing twice a day, especially after meals, and seeking quick treatment for any decay issues will ensure your breath is as pleasant as possible.
2. And you’ll love seeing your grin in photos.
No one should feel like they have to hide their teeth when smiling in pictures. Knowing your teeth look healthy and beautiful means less anxiety over how your smile may look in photos. If your teeth are healthy but you don’t like the way they look, ask Dr. Sexton about cosmetic dental services, like veneers, dental bonding, or professional teeth whitening session.
Cosmetic dental care offers functional benefits as well that can improve your overall oral health!
3. You’ll enjoy steak dinners or ice cream sundaes.
Damaged, weak, and missing teeth make it difficult to enjoy some delicious food, like a classic steak dinner. The health of your teeth and gums directly affects your chewing ability, as well as your ability to simply enjoy your favorite foods. For example, worn enamel or untreated decay can cause painful temperature sensitivity, making it hard to enjoy ice cream or even hot coffee.
By taking care of your teeth, you’re helping to ensure you can continue eating the diet you love without trouble.
4. Your smile will be naturally brighter and whiter.
Brushing twice a day, flossing, and getting your teeth professionally cleaned every six months does a lot to make your smile naturally bright and white. Limiting your intake of staining foods and beverages, like coffee and wine, can also help you keep your teeth naturally bright. Taking care of your teeth will also help prevent more serious staining from occurring if you are a diehard coffee or wine lover.
If you need a little whitening boost, ask Dr. Sexton about his teeth whitening services.
5. If you’re pregnant, you’re brushing for two.
If you’re pregnant you’re eating for two, but did you know you’re brushing for two as well? Your oral health affects your pregnancy and even the future oral health of your baby.
Stick to a strict at-home oral care regimen, keep an eye on those sugar cravings, and see Dr. Sexton often during your pregnancy. By keeping your teeth and gums as healthy as possible during your pregnancy, you’re setting your baby up for success.
6. You can decrease your chances of future dementia.
Taking care of your teeth now can help protect you against dementia as you grow older.
Studies have found a link between dementia and poor oral health. This connection goes both ways. Patients with dementia tend to have poor oral health, but it’s also strongly believed that individuals with poor oral health are also more likely to develop dementia and other cognitive impairments issues.
7. You’ll protect your cardiovascular health.
Healthy teeth and gums also means a healthier cardiovascular system.
Poor oral health has a negative effect on cardiovascular health in a few ways. When you have untreated tooth decay or gum disease, this bacteria and inflammation spreads throughout your body, primarily affecting your cardiovascular system. It’s also suggested that there’s a link between tooth loss and an increased risk of coronary heart disease.
8. Decay and periodontitis damage isn’t reversible.
Your teeth are the only ones you’ll ever have. Although modern dentistry is very advanced, it’s not possible to reserve tooth loss from decay or gum loss/recession from severe gum disease (periodontitis). Although we can restore your smile with crowns, dental implants, gum grafting, and similar services, keeping your natural teeth is always the best option for your oral health.
Come see Dr. Sexton for your next dental appointment.
Now that you’re full of motivation to care for your pearly whites, why not book your next dental exam or cleaning with Dr. Sexton? To schedule your next appointment, you can either call our office or fill out our online booking form.