World Oral Health Day is upon us! March 20th is a day to celebrate your oral health. A healthy mouth allows you to speak, smile, eat, drink and can boost social interaction and promote self-esteem. An unhealthy mouth can cause discomfort, pain, disease, and can sometimes lead a lack of self-confidence. Our mouths can often offer us clues about the status of our general health. It is never too early or late to begin caring for your mouth. Your body will thank you in the long run.

Oral diseases take many shapes and forms. The most common issues being tooth decay and gum disease. If not properly managed, they can negatively impact the rest of your body. Oral diseases are linked with diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, and some cancers. Poor oral health can be the result, as well as the cause, of poor general health. Oral disease can impact every aspect of life including relationships, basic functionality and self-confidence.

It is important to adopt good oral hygiene habits and visit your dentist regularly to contribute to your wellbeing. Preventive care is always the best option. Early detection and treatment are crucial to fighting oral diseases and associated health complications.

Here are a couple ways you can change your habits on World Oral Health Day 2018:

Eat Healthy
Consuming too much sugar from snacks, processed foods, and soft drinks is another major risk factor for oral disease, as well as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Excessive sugar consumption also causes serious addiction and promotes weight gain.

Limit Alcohol and Tobacco Use
Drinking too much alcohol is a major risk factor for more than 200 diseases, including oral diseases. Alone, or in combination with tobacco, excessive alcohol increases the risks for cancers of the mouth, gum disease and tooth decay (due to acidity and high sugar contents).

Brush Twice Daily
Poor oral hygiene can lead to bacteria forming plaque in the mouth, and leaving the teeth and gums vulnerable to oral and other diseases. Brushing your teeth is one of the most important parts of your oral hygiene routine. Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. Be sure to replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.

Visit your Dentist Regularly
Regular dental visits are essential for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. Make sure that you visit your dentist every six months protect your smile and your overall health.

Make an appointment today! Call 855-PHD-CARE or click here to request an appointment online.