good oral hygiene offense defenseWhen it comes to protecting your mouth from dental issues, a good oral hygiene routine is your best defense. Because disease and infection can spread from your mouth to your entire body, a good oral hygiene routine can actually lower your risk for a whole roster of health problems. Preventing gum disease can decrease your risk for heart disease, kidney failure, diabetes, arthritis, etc. Have you checked in with your oral hygiene routine? Are you doing everything you can to keep your mouth healthy?

Flossing is just as important as brushing

Brushing cleans the surface of your teeth. It is very important to brush twice a day to remove food particles that cause bacteria to turn into plaque. But those same food particles can get stuck in between your teeth and along your gum line. If it’s not removed by flossing, it can lead to gum disease. Brush twice a day with fluoride and floss just as often.

Water is your mouth’s friend

Drinking plenty of water is good for your body. It is also essential to your mouth’s ecosystem. Water keeps your body producing saliva. Saliva keeps the bacteria from sticking around too long on your teeth and gums. Saliva also acts like an acid-neutralizer, which helps to prevent plaque. It is recommended to drink 8-10 cups of water. If you are sweating from heat or exertion, be sure to replace the water that you sweat out.

Regular visits to your dentist is a key part of good oral hygiene

Dr. Bonura cares about your oral hygiene. To schedule a consultation, call Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699. We also proudly welcome patients from Lordsburg, Bayard, Deming, and all surrounding communities.