There are so many different ways in which your health is interconnected, but it is perhaps your oral health and hygiene that makes this principle the most apparent. This is because your oral health helps to determine so much else. This is largely because, the mouth is a way in which a lot of germs and bacteria enter the body. By practicing good oral hygiene, you can cut down on this bacteria, which cuts down on the bad bacteria entering the body. So, these are all reasons why you need to remember to brush and floss regularly. You also need to go to your family dentistry appointments, though.
Needless to say, the main reason to go to your family dentist regularly is to be able to identify any oral health problems as early as possible, so they do not have a chance to worsen. That is why it is recommended that you go to the dentist twice a year, or every six months. If you go this often, you are less likely to give conditions such as cavities and gingivitis enough time to get very severe. That being said, no matter how much you go to the dentist, you need to keep up with your end of the oral hygiene at home. This involves brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and doing both of these in a way that is effective and thorough. This, of course, is another aspect of your oral health that your family dentist can assist with. He or she will be able to coach you on how to best brush and floss your teeth properly, in order to successfully remove plaque and prevent periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is a big problem, and it is something that dentists often warn about. Most people know to brush their teeth, but far too few people actually take the time to floss and brush their gums, which is ultimately just as necessary for your oral health. The gum tissue, much like your teeth, does not respond well to large amounts of plaque. If it gets bad enough, the tissue will begin to become red and puffy with infection. This coupled with bleeding from the gums during brushing and flossing are the telltale signs of periodontal disease. This is why if you do have any of these symptoms, it is best to get to a dentist right away, to prevent the condition from getting more severe.
Cavities are very serious, too, though they are not as easily spread throughout the whole mouth, like periodontal disease. Instead, cavities infect one tooth at a time, but they do still have the potential to result in tooth loss. Once the tooth is lost, there is little that can be done, which is why prevention is the best course of action for either condition. Both can cause tooth loss, though, and periodontal disease can even cause tooth loss throughout the mouth, which can lead to the patient needing to have dental implants installed.