Good Oral Hygiene Benefits More Than Just Your Teeth

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Good Oral Hygiene Benefits More Than Just Your Teeth

It stands to reason that your dental professional is concerned about your oral hygiene because it directly impacts your teeth but, as any good dentist can tell you, your oral health can have a major effect on more than just your smile. It impacts your overall health in several different ways.   

When your dental professional promotes good oral hygiene, they are actually promoting an improvement in your overall health.

If you find yourself avoiding your regular dental check-ups, you could be risking more than just cavities. 

How Improved Oral Hygiene Could Improve Your Overall Health

You Need Healthy Saliva

It is fairly common knowledge that one of the primary functions of your saliva is to aid in the proper digestion of your food. What a lot of people do not know, however, is that saliva is also a fundamental component of your body’s protection against infections.  Your saliva is packed with anti-bacterial microorganisms whose purpose is to combat any germs or viruses that try to invade your body through your mouth.  

If poor oral health has weakened your saliva, you will be much more susceptible to a variety of preventable diseases.

Stop the Spread of Bacteria

Good Oral Hygiene Benefits More Than Just Your Teeth

It is extremely beneficial that healthy saliva helps to stop infections because even the best cared for, cleanest human mouth has tons of bacteria living in it.  Over time, these bacteria like to collect along your gum line and stick to the plaque that naturally forms on the surfaces of your teeth.  If you develop an infection inside of your mouth, however,  into your bloodstream and, from there, it has access to every single part of your body, making oral infections a very serious matter that needs to be dealt with as soon as you become aware of it.  

Excellent oral hygiene is needed in order to maintain the lowest level of oral bacteria possible.   If you neglect your oral hygiene, any infection that starts in your mouth could quickly make its way into your throat, nose, brain, or even your heart and cause major health problems for you.  

It Can Alert You to Other Medical Conditions

Not many people are aware of the fact that, for those who receive regular check-ups, your dental professional is usually the first medical professional to discover if you have a serious condition such as diabetes or HIV. There are numerous diseases with symptoms that will show themselves in your oral health before they present anywhere else. This is why your dentist likes to perform a complete examination of your mouth when you go in for a visit.  Routine dental examinations also serve as early detection for many diseases.

At McBride Dental, we want to help you and your family do everything possible to have and preserve healthy teeth and gums. By scheduling regular appointments with your California family dentist and practicing the oral care techniques we teach you, your whole family will easily maintain teeth that are healthy, strong, and effective.

The San Marcos offices of Dr. Michael McBride are staffed with reputable, professional San Diego dentists that are ready to address any concerns you may have regarding common dental procedures, as well as preventative, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry. We also provide sedation dentistry treatments as an option for our patients with severe dental anxiety.

It is our job to help you and your family establish healthy dental habits to make sure that your teeth will always be there when you need them and your smile will always look great.

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