Are you suddenly finding yourself thinking about not just the short term but the long term effects of good dental health? That means that when you brush your teeth, sure, now you have nice minty smelling breath. But in the long term, it actually has even more positive effects. Keep reading as the experts at Noble Smiles Dentistry explain some of the long term effects of good dental health.
The first thing that we want to talk about is the number of cavities you will prevent. When you brush your teeth two times per day, floss daily, try and eat a healthy diet, and go to the dentist every 6 months, your chances of having a cavity are a lot less. As people age, their teeth become more brittle and they typically start having more problems. The thing is, those issues are not coming because they stopped brushing their teeth in the last year or the last week, they are occurring because they were not taking good care of their teeth years and years ago. This ends up catching up with them in the long term and they end up with more cavities. So, whether you don’t want cavities at your next appointment, in five years, or 20 years from now, it’s important to do the normal and healthy routine items in order to save your teeth from cavities.
When there is an issue, it’s important to get it looked at as quickly as possible. This will prevent any long term issues. For example, if you notice pain in your tooth and you think, I’ll just get it looked at the next time I go to the dentist, or perhaps, oh, my insurance won’t cover that right now, hopefully, it will go away. The chances of it going away on its own are slim to none. In fact, all that will happen is it will get worse. So instead of having a small filling, you now have a cavity. Or instead of having a cavity, you now have to get your teeth extracted. These are real things that the dentist sees every day. Not only is that a lot more painful the longer it goes on for but it also is a lot more expensive. That is why it’s so important to see your dentist as soon as something unusual is occurring or you are experiencing pain.
Many people have a tooth that gets pulled when they are younger or one falls out and they don’t do anything about it. Perhaps they have a fear of the dentist. Perhaps they don’t have the money. Perhaps they just don’t know what to do. As people age, if there is a hole in the mouth like there would be if there is a missing tooth then the face can start sinking in in that area in a much shorter amount of time than you would think. Not only is this not as attractive but it also will greatly age you. You already are aging, you don’t need a small thing like a missing tooth to make it even worse. Save yourself the look and the pain and ensure that all of your teeth that may be missing are being filled in with a new tooth or the old tooth is being put back in. It may cost you some money now, but you are saving yourself a lot of money later on.
Did you know that when you brush your teeth it helps them to stay white? Of course, this is even truer if you are using whitening toothpaste. With that said, just brushing your teeth truly will help your teeth stay white. You see, when food particles, especially sugars stay on your teeth, it starts to erode the tooth. This causes cavities and more issues within the tooth. That means if you are brushing your teeth correctly on a regular basis, flossing, and seeing the dentist then it will help to keep the tooth particles off and your teeth to stay a lot whiter. So, take care of your teeth correctly and you will be rewarded with a much whiter smile. Of course, you can also try things like not drinking red wine and staying away from coffee. You also can rinse your mouth out after drinking these kinds of foods or brushing your teeth so that it prevents staining to occur and those colors don’t just sit on your teeth.
Finally, if you take great care of your oral health your breath is much more likely to be so much better. When something is going wrong in your mouth it causes bad breath. If your glands are not working correctly if you have gingivitis, these are all things that can occur, but if you are taking care of your mouth these things are a lot less likely to happen which means you won’t have bad breath.
As you can see, there are so many wonderful effects when you are taking good care of your oral health. Your oral health is a part of your overall health. When you have pain occurring inside of your mouth it will affect your entire mouth. If you don’t feel confident with your smile, it will affect your first impressions with everyone that you meet. Make sure to make your oral health a priority and brush your teeth two times a day, floss daily, and see your dentist every six months. Your teeth will thank you in the long run.
We hope that this article helps and you are on your way to a beautiful smile that is pain-free the long term.