Maintain Your Teeth for Life

Recognizing Dental Hygiene Month, October 2010

Your smile is often the first impression you give to others. That’s just one reason why it is important to take good care of your oral health.

Fortunately, it does not take a lot of work or time to develop good oral health habits to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Review these tips:

  • Brush teeth for at least two minutes, two times each day
  • Floss between teeth every day
  • Schedule regular dental checkup and cleaning appointments
  • Reduce consumption of sugary foods and drinks, especially before bedtime
  • Consume alcohol in moderation
  • Avoid using smoke or chewing tobacco

Maintain Your Teeth for Life

Regular brushing and flossing helps keep under control the buildup of plaque on your teeth—a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the outside and between your teeth. Daily brushing and flossing removes two-thirds of the plaque and bacteria on your teeth. That is why it is important to schedule regular dental checkups to have your oral health reviewed and the remainder of the plaque removed.

If plaque is left untreated, it can lead to tooth decay (cavities) or gum diseases, which can result in tooth loss and other serious health issues. Research studies have demonstrated that untreated plaque may enter the bloodstream and contribute to the development of heart disease, strokes, and pancreatic cancer. It can also create complications for individuals with diabetes and increase risks of preterm births and babies with low birth weights.

Remember to take care of your teeth and gums for lifelong good health!

How many times each day do you brush your teeth? How often do you have your teeth cleaned and checked? If you are interested in dental insurance, contact Ameritas Group for information. –Ken

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