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Dental hygiene has a significant effect on your overall well-being. Taking care of your teeth can help stop many types of bacteria entering your bloodstream and ensuring you stay healthy just by brushing your teeth twice a day.

Taking care of your teeth is very important. When you have reached a certain age you will no longer grow new teeth, and those you have will be the ones you keep until you grow old. By spending a few minutes morning and evening on your teeth, you can ensure that your teeth stay healthy and strong. Dental hygiene and oral health is vital for your overall well-being and by taking care of your teeth you are taking care of the rest of your body. Your mouth is the first part of your body that comes in contact with bacteria, and by keeping it clean and knowing what is going on with your teeth, you can limit the amount of bacteria that reaches the rest of your body.

By keeping your mouth, gums and teeth clean you can make sure that bacteria is not allowed to grow, multiply, and spread into the rest of your body. One of the more common diseases of the mouth, that can become quite serious, is gingivitis – one type of gum disease. By allowing harmful bacteria to grow in the mouth, it will make the gums bleed and even swell up. This will lead to periodontal disease which can cause the teeth to fall out by attacking the bones of the teeth. Basic dental hygiene such as brushing the teeth twice a day and using dental floss can prevent this disease from a very early stage. Flossing and cleaning of the teeth can also prevent bleeding gums and sores from allowing bacteria to enter into the blood stream of the body and infect other parts.

Healthy and strong teeth are also the only way of consuming certain healthy foods such as apples, carrots and nuts. These foods need to be chewed before digested and strong teeth are needed. By taking care of your teeth you can ensure that you will be able to consume food that is good for your health and body. Drinking smoothies and other healthy drinks that may contain fruit sugar or other acids that are not necessarily harmful to your body but might do damage to your teeth, through a straw can be a great saver for your teeth.

If you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant you should take particular care of your teeth. This is because any bacteria that enters into your bloodstream will be transported into your baby’s blood. Allow some extra time for dental hygiene to avoid any damage to your unborn baby and you will be able to rest more easily. Taking care of your teeth can be a good first step in establishing good hygiene routines after the baby is born as well. If will allow you to incorporate your baby’s need for dental hygiene into your schedule more easily as you are already taking care of your own teeth.

 

 

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I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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