Benefits of Good Oral Hygiene

Benefits of Good Oral Hygiene
Posted on 09/20/2018

At Lakewood Dental Arts, we're proud to help patients throughout the greater Lakewood, CA area achieve beautiful new smiles through quality dental and orthodontic treatment. But in addition to the care we provide in our Lakewood dental office, your own at-home oral hygiene habits are vital to maintaining a healthy smile. Strong oral hygiene will help keep your mouth healthy and your teeth strong for a lifetime, and there are a variety of other benefits you'll get from good oral hygiene. 

The Benefits of Brushing & Flossing

Oral hygiene, in the form of regular brushing and flossing and maintaining a healthy diet, carries a host of benefits that affect more than just your teeth. Strong oral hygiene can benefit multiple areas of your life. Here are just a few of the benefits of oral hygiene:

  • Prevent Halitosis (Bad Breath): No one likes having bad breath, and oral hygiene is one of the best ways to prevent it. 
  • Prevent Systemic Diseases: In addition to cavities and decay, gum disease has been linked to serious conditions affecting other parts of the body, such as heart disease. Oral hygiene helps prevent these conditions. 
  • Save Money: When it comes to oral health, prevention is much easier and less expensive than treatment. Oral hygiene helps you prevent problems with the teeth and gums so you can avoid expensive dental work. 
  • Prevent Sensitivity: Poor oral hygiene can increase tooth sensitivity, which can make everything from eating and drinking to breathing cold air very uncomfortable. 

  • These represent just a few of the diverse benefits you'll get from maintaining strong oral hygiene. By keeping a schedule of daily brushing and flossing, you can protect the health of your teeth and smile for years to come and prevent serious problems, including:

  • Cavities: Cavities are one of the main problems that arise from poor oral health. 
  • Gum Disease: Poor oral hygiene can lead to periodontal (gum) disease, a progressive condition that can develop to threaten the teeth and bones in the mouth. 
  • Heart Attack, Stroke, & Dementia: Believe it or not, poor oral health has been linked to a wide range of other conditions including heart attack, stroke, and dementia. Maintaining good oral hygiene can help prevent these problems from developing. 

  • Schedule an Appointment with Your Lakewood, CA Dentist

    Daily brushing and flossing are vital to maintaining the health of your smile, but as this blog explains, the positive effects go well beyond your mouth. If you have more questions about the impacts of oral hygiene or want to schedule a dental checkup appointment, we encourage you to reach out to us at our contact page or request an appointment online. We can't wait to hear from you, and we wish you luck in maintaining a healthy smile through daily oral hygiene!