When it comes to overall well-being, good oral health has a bigger impact than you may think. So in honor of National Dental Hygiene Month, it’s important to remember that maintaining a healthy mouth is probably one of the most important contributors to looking good, feeling better and living longer.
Here are five key dental health actions you can take to keep your oral health on track:
- Visit the dentist! By having regular check-ups and cleanings every six months, you’ll keep any problems in check and prevent more serious issues.
- Brush and floss on a regular basis. Brush after meals, or at least twice a day. And floss at least once a day. That keeps plaque from forming and bacteria from growing.
- Try to maintain a healthy diet. The occasional candy bar or juicy hamburger can be irresistible, so it’s important to include a healthy dose of fresh fruits and vegetables, milk and other healthy foods in your diet. They’ll not only improve overall health, but they’ll help keep cavities to a minimum.
- Take your vitamins. That’s what mom always used to say, and it’s good advice. Vitamins and minerals like vitamin D, K2, calcium and magnesium are critical to healthy bone growth, which is key to a good support structure for your teeth and body.
- Take any oral infections seriously. If your dentist diagnoses gum disease, for example, there are proven methods to treat it. Beyond an in-office treatment like scaling and root planing, your dentist may prescribe a home maintenance program like GüMX Defender Plus+™ that will help get the problem under control or reverse it entirely.
When you understand the reality of the mouth-body connection, maintaining healthy teeth and gums will become a top priority.