A healthy mouth is a valuable asset. A smile has numerous advantages in everyday life. It can boost our self-esteem and have an impact on our social lives, careers, and relationships. A healthy smile can significantly improve our physical appearance, our mental outlook, and the health of not only our mouth but also our entire body. As a result, it only makes sense to provide the greatest dental health care possible.

National Smile Month is an opportunity for us to examine our dental health, understand why a good smile is so essential, and share advice on how to enhance and maintain it. Oral health can provide a plethora of life-changing advantages. Our teeth play such a significant role in our lives. They aid in the chewing and digestion of food, as well as the clear communication and shaping of our faces. 

But what are the health advantages of maintaining good oral hygiene?

Keeping our teeth for the rest of our lives:

Brushing our teeth twice a day, eating a low-sugar diet, and seeing our dentist on a regular basis can help to lower the risk of disorders like dental decay and gum disease, both of which can lead to tooth loss.

According to studies, the number of teeth we have has a strong correlation with how long we will live. Those who had 20 or more teeth at the age of 70 had a much better probability of surviving longer than those who had fewer than 20 teeth.

Tooth loss due to tooth decay and gum disease is virtually entirely preventable, and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to preserve our teeth for the rest of our lives if we follow a proper daily oral hygiene practise.

Lowering the illness risk:

When we have gum disease, bacteria from our mouth can enter our bloodstream and cause illness. The body then generates a protein that thickens the blood. This increases the chance of clotting and deprives the heart of the nutrition and oxygen it requires, increasing the risk of a heart attack.

Gum disease can also induce blood vessel inflammation, which can obstruct blood flow to the brain, potentially resulting in a stroke. We are also more likely to acquire diabetes if we have gum disease, according to new research.

Cancer and dementia risks are being reduced:

We are more likely to minimise our risk of some cancers, particularly in women, as well as various forms of dementia, if we maintain our teeth and gums healthy. According to new research, women with a history of gum disease are 14 percent more likely to acquire cancer. The study looked at data from 65,000 postmenopausal women between the ages of 54 and 86.

One in every three of these women acquired breast cancer, and the risk of lung cancer, oesophageal cancer, gall bladder cancer, and skin cancer was also significantly enhanced. People with healthy gums are also 70 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than people who have had gum disease for a long time.

Having a healthy baby is a dream come true:

Pregnant women with healthy gums are three times less likely to have a premature baby, lowering the chance of a low birth weight baby. According to research, a pregnant woman with gum disease has a one-in-four probability of giving birth before 35 weeks. This is due to the fact that gum disease elevates the levels of chemicals that trigger labour.

Keeping up our appearance:

Bad breath can be avoided by keeping our teeth clean and healthy (halitosis). Bad breath is a typical indication of gum disease and tooth decay, as well as being humiliating and unattractive. It is often caused by a build-up of plaque and is a marker of gum disease and tooth decay. Tooth staining is another prevalent ailment that can have an impact on our look. Tooth staining is a natural occurrence that occurs as a result of normal wear and tear, such as smoking or drinking a lot of tea, coffee, or red wine. 

Stained teeth are rarely hazardous, and they have minimal impact on our dental health. Even if discoloured teeth can make us feel self-conscious. We should be able to prevent surface staining with regular cleaning in most situations, but more tenacious stains may require the assistance of a dental professional.

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