The Short Answer: Yes!
Even as dentists, we know how tedious it can feel to take time out of our busy schedules to brush our teeth twice a day. You may think you don’t have to worry about your teeth because you see us regularly, but while there’s a lot we can do for your oral health, what you do on a daily basis has a substantial impact on keeping those pearly whites of yours in check.
A lot of our clients ask us, “Do I actually need to brush my teeth every day?” The answer is a resounding yes—in fact, not just once a day but twice.
Oral Health Impacts Overall Health
So, why is it crucial to practice good oral hygiene? What you may not know is that your oral health can affect your overall health. People who don’t practice good oral hygiene may develop other health problems as a result. One problem that could occur is oral and facial pain caused by gum infection. Fun fact: Did you know that over 75% of Americans suffer from gingivitis and other forms of gum disease? (Yikes!)
Your oral hygiene can also influence your digestion. Your mouth is full of glands and teeth that facilitate the digestive process. You need healthy teeth to chew your food so that it can be properly digested. In fact, your ability to chew food is as crucial to your digestive health as your diet. When the functions of your glands and teeth are disrupted, it may result in intestinal failure, irritable bowel syndrome, and other digestive problems. (Double yikes!)
Last but not least, your oral health can affect your heart. Bacterial infection in the mouth can lead to endocarditis, a condition whereby the heart muscle lining and valves become inflamed. (Is it too much to throw in a triple yikes?!) Though this condition is rare, some people are at higher risks based on certain health predispositions.
To Brush or Not To Brush? (Trick Question!)
We cannot stress it enough. You need to brush your teeth every day. Your teeth and mouth serve so many important functions other than flashing a pretty smile at people. Don’t get us wrong, we’re All About Smiles, but we’re also all about you and your health!
If you have any questions or concerns or if you’re just feeling especially inspired to visit, give us a call! We’d love to help you feel assured that your oral, and overall, health is in good shape!