Dental health is a topic that often gets swept under the rug in favor of more interesting health and wellness topics. However, Dr. Chaffin and his knowledgeable staff want their patients to know about the importance of dental health and how it can play a large part in the state of their overall health. Here is some additional information about why your oral health is so important.
Why Should I Have Good Oral Health?
There are a variety of reasons why patients need to maintain good oral health. Keeping your mouth in good shape can help you keep your teeth instead of ending up with a mouth full of dentures in old age. Good oral health can also mean having functional teeth, as well as being able to smile with confidence and comfort. The presence of strong teeth greatly improves your speech and a pleasant smile enhances your personality.
Problems Associated With Poor Oral Health
Alternatively, missing or broken teeth can result in a loss of self-esteem, reduced employment possibilities and poor social interaction. Patients with poor dental health often have other problems like depression and anxiety related to their missing digits. Experts have also linked poor oral health with other dangerous diseases like Alzheimer’s, diabetes, heart disease, low birth weight, osteoporosis and other health problems. Consequently, it makes sense that practicing good oral health could bring about a positive change that could also impact overall health.
What Does Good Oral Health Mean?
Often patients are told to strive for good oral hygiene and a healthy mouth. However, some patients are not really sure what that means. Good oral hygiene means that when you are finished properly caring for your teeth, your mouth will look and smell healthy. Some examples of this are:
Teeth are clean, white and free of debris or food particles.
Gums are a healthy pink color and do not bleed or hurt when you brush or floss them.
Your breath smells fresh and clean and bad breath is not a chronic problem.
There are no open sores, excessive discoloration or raised areas in your mouth or on your teeth.
How Can Dental Implants Improve Your Oral Health?
Missing spaces between teeth can mean plaque and bacteria build-up that could cause cavities, gum disease, and other problems. Filling in those empty spaces with attractive and natural-looking dental implants can prevent plaque and food build-up. Additionally, dental implants are the only permanent tooth replacement product that can stop or reverse the jawbone deterioration that usually occurs with missing teeth. Missing teeth can cause a sunken facial appearance and premature wrinkles around the mouth. Filling those gaps can also help you maintain a full and youthful facial appearance.
How Can I Prevent Poor Oral Hygiene?
Fortunately, missing teeth, poor dental hygiene, and bad oral health are usually prevalent problems.The prevalence of oral disease shows up most often in disadvantaged populations that have limited access to proper dental health care. However, most of the population here in the United States has the means and ability to create better oral health at home. Here are some ways you can ensure good oral health:
-Brush and floss your teeth after every meal.
-Use a good quality fluoride mouthwash and toothpaste at least once a day.
-Chew sugar-free gum between and after meals if brushing is not possible.
-Avoid high-sugar foods and drinks.
-Keep your mouth properly hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
-See your dentist twice a year for regular check-ups and proper cleanings.
-Why You Should Choose Chaffin Dental Care
Finding a good dental care provider is a challenge that many of us face after we decide to fix our smile. There are hundreds of providers across the state of Washington and dozens that claim they provide dental implant services. Here at Chaffin Dental Care, our staff is qualified, educated, and experienced. We are also dedicated to transforming smiles and ensuring that all our patients leave satisfied. Feel free to peruse our testimonials page to learn more from our valued patients and their experiences.
Come To Chaffin Dental Care To Improve Your Oral Health
Chaffin Dental Care wants all their Spokane, WA patients to know that their dental problems and missing or crooked teeth need not keep them from smiling with confidence. Dr. Chris Chaffin and his wonderful staff offer amazing dental implants that can improve and restore your smile quickly and easily. We offer great pricing options, so give us a call for your no-obligation consultation.