Brushing your teeth, flossing and regularly visiting your dentist are the best ways to keep your smile bright. Read on to find out why dental hygiene is so important.
Behind one oral disease another may be lurking!
Did you know that oral health problems may have a significant impact on your quality of life? Over time, in fact, they can affect your sense of physical, psychological and social well being. For example, you might change the way you eat, speak or act with others to avoid pain or hide a problem you are having.
That is why, oral diseases like gingivitis or ulcers should not be taken lightly. They must be treated as soon as possible. Moreover, research has shown a link between oral diseases and other health problems, such as diabetes .
The 6 golden rules of oral hygiene
To reduce the risk of oral diseases, you should:
- brush your teeth after each meal and, most importantly, before bedtime;
- floss before going to bed to remove any food debris lodged between your teeth;
- see your dentist at least twice a year;
- eat a healthy diet (avoid sugary and acidic foods);
- regularly examine the inside of your mouth looking for signs of disease (e.g. red, painful, shiny, swollen or bleeding gums; white or red plaques; numbness or thickness in the tongue, roof of the mouth, gums and cheeks, etc.);
- avoid using tobacco products (e.g. cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco). Nicotine patches might help you quit smoking ). Talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Do you have questions about oral hygiene products? Just ask your pharmacist to guide you in the right direction.