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The Importance Of Maintaining Your Oral Hygiene

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The Importance Of Maintaining Your Oral Hygiene

Maintaining your oral hygiene boosts your confidence and health. In taking care of your mouth, teeth, and gums, you are helping keep diseases at bay. Not to mention, have you thought about how important your smile is? Upon first meeting someone, the first thing you will notice is their appearance. As a result, you would definitely notice if someone’s teeth are missing or yellow. Therefore, to make a great first impression at a job interview or even attract that special someone, you need to take care of your oral hygiene. There is more to your oral hygiene than just brushing and flossing your teeth! Not only does it boost your gum and tooth condition, but your overall health as well. Here are some reasons why you need to maintain your oral hygiene. 

Your smile

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What does your smile look like? Take a moment to look at yourself in the mirror with a big toothy smile. Do you have a warm smile with pearly white teeth? Or, are your teeth stained because of your black coffee addiction? Your first impression relies on your appearance, and this includes your smile. You do not want to be sitting in an interview where the interviewer is too focused on your teeth stains as opposed to what you are saying. Given that your smile is a memorable feature, you need to take good care of it. Albeit, the solution can’t be to stop drinking coffee, especially since many people rely on coffee to wake them up in the morning. Nor is the solution to not smile, considering that smiling is a great way to show people that you are a friendly, happy and positive person. Instead, you can start caring for your smile by brushing your teeth at minimum twice a day, flossing, and eating a healthy diet, which leads to the next point.

Maintaining a clean & fresh breath

Maintaining your oral hygiene means keeping your breath smelling clean and fresh. Talking to a friend, date, or co-worker are perfect examples of times you do not want your breath to smell. At the moment, there are mints; gums and mouthwashes that will help keep your breath smelling fresh. However, these methods are temporary and will not keep your breath smelling fresh in the long run. The same way your smile contributes to your overall appearance and confidence so does the smell coming out of your mouth. You do not want that potential interviewer to take a step back or make a face after taking a whiff of your breath while you are talking. Avoid this situation at all costs.

A tip to keep in mind for maintaining a clean breath is to watch your diet. What you eat and how often you eat will affect your oral health. Candy, cookies, soda, chips, and other junk food can stick to your teeth and also contribute to your bad breath. Vegetables will contribute to your dental health, though it would be wise to stray away from garlic before an important meeting. While there are various other healthy food options, some of them will still require you to brush your teeth after, such as after eating a particularly potent cheese.

Keeping dental diseases at bay

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Good oral hygiene can keep dental diseases at bay. Gum diseases and tooth decay occur as a result of your oral hygiene practices. You must eat a healthy and balanced diet, brush your teeth, floss and visit your dentist for teeth cleaning to prevent dental diseases. A refusal to do so will increase your chances of experiencing periodontal disease which is an infection of tissues that support your teeth. Your hygienist can track your gum’s health before this disease occurs, as they will routinely check your teeth and gum’s wellbeing with pocket measurements.

Improving overall health

Looking after your oral hygiene even goes beyond the impression you make and the health of your teeth. Good oral hygiene can affect your overall health, as a healthy mouth and a healthy body are linked. While your self-image and confidence are affected by the look and smell of your teeth, other parts of you are equally affected. For instance, gum diseases can lead to other health problems including heart disease and strokes, as well as infections in other parts of the body. 

Your beautiful smile and oral hygiene matters and you must take action to maintain their health early on. The steps towards taking care of your oral health are simple; they must be incorporated as part of your everyday routine. Remember to brush your teeth twice a day, floss, eat a balanced diet and visit your dentist several times a year. Do not lose your chances of getting that job because your breath smells. Nor should you let gum disease fester when you could have picked up the phone and booked a dentist appointment months ago. Take the necessary preventative measures and maintain healthy oral hygiene at all times.

Maggie Hammond

maggiehammond57@gmail.com

Maggie Hammond is a retired nurse and freelance writer, exploring and writing in the U.S. in retirement. An advocate for public health and nursing qualifications, she feels passionate about raising awareness of the current strain on public health organizations.