Don’t Neglect Your Oral Health

It doesn’t matter if you ask a man or a woman; one of the most important features they look for in the opposite sex is a nice smile. Poll after poll reveals that your smile serves as a magnet to draw people to you. Taking care of your teeth should be a top priority.

The U.S. has been seeing the results of improved dental hygiene for some time. New research shows that there has been a significant decline in cases of tooth decay thanks to the focus on oral health. Most people know that they should be brushing their teeth and flossing every day and are following that advice. The number of people over 60 who have lost all of their teeth is down 50% from just ten years ago.

Regular dental check-ups should be another part of oral hygiene. The American Dental Association recommends that patients see their dentist every six months for an exam and cleaning. In addition to checking you for cavities, your dentist will also perform examinations to watch for signs of oral cancer and gum disease. Oral cancer cases claim the life of someone in the U.S. every hour of every day. Gum disease is also a serious threat to your overall health. Gingivitus and Periodontitis both can be signs of a more dangerous illness like heart disease or stroke. Symptoms of gum problems include; bleeding, tenderness and chronic bad breath.

Many people are also visiting their dentists for cosmetic reasons. Treatments that improve your smile are more popular than they have ever been. Professional teeth whitening applications are much more effective than use of a home rinse or whitening strips. Dentists typically use hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to brighten your smile. If a whitener won’t help the discoloration there are other options available to you.

Ask your dentist about veneers or crowns that can be placed over the teeth to improve their appearance.

Better oral health will not only improve your overall health but can boost your self confidence as well. A brighter smile will make you more attractive, so don’t be afraid to show off those pearly whites.