Benefits of maintaining healthy gums and teeth
“When you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you.”
– Louis Armstrong
There is some truth to this phrase. In fact, psychological studies have shown that there are many health benefits to smiling. Smiling, even when we don’t feel like it, can reduce stress, improve the immune system, and may even lower blood pressure. Additionally, it can enhance the perception others have of you.
In order to feel confident in your smile, it is important that you take good care of your oral health. Healthy gums and teeth can be an indication of self-pride and can be the encouraging factor for those who want to share their happiness with others.
Dr. Robert G. Dernick, DDS of the Spring community regularly educates his patients on the benefits of maintaining healthy gums and teeth. Brushing and flossing are essential to at-home dental care and can help patients avoid the development of gum disease (also referred to by dental professionals as periodontal disease). This serious, chronic manifestation in the mouth is caused by bacteria. When patients leave their periodontal disease untreated, they leave their smile at risk for dental decay and lost gum tissue, bone, and teeth. By taking good care of the teeth and gums, patients can avoid the development and progression of decay and periodontal disease.
Taking care of the smile also keeps it beautiful. A beautiful smile is often seen as a healthy smile even with underlying problems. However, these problems can be examined, diagnosed, and treated by a dental professional such as Dr. Robert G. Dernick, DDS.
There are three primary steps to maintaining a healthier smile. First, the doctor recommends patients practice good oral hygiene at home. This includes both brushing and flossing after every meal. Second, patients should attend regularly scheduled visits with their dentist for cleanings and examinations at least twice a year. Third, patients should avoid putting off necessary dental treatments such as the filling of cavities, replacing lost teeth, or other concerns. This is because leaving problems untreated can result in more expense and issues down the road.
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