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Why You Need to Take Tooth Health Seriously

By Genevieve Cunningham

Once we make it past adolescence, one set of teeth is all that we get. Even though we are acutely aware of this fact, many people still neglect the health of their teeth. We may brush fairly regularly, floss fairly often, and use a good mouthwash. But are we religious about seeing a dentist? Are we doing all that we can to remove plaque and protect our enamel? Unfortunately, the answer is probably not. If you haven't been taking the best care of your teeth, take a look at these reasons why you should begin and how to do so as soon as today.

You Could Literally Lose Your Teeth

Let's start with the most obvious first. If you don't take care of your teeth, it's possible that they will get in such poor health that they will have to be removed. While this certainly happens to many people, you definitely don't want to lose your teeth because of neglect. Failing to keep your teeth clean and healthy may mean that they decay and deteriorate faster than they should. If you prefer to keep the teeth that you have, make sure that good dental hygiene habits are a part of your normal routine.

Poor Oral Health Leads to Significant Health Problems

Beyond aesthetic reasons, poor health in the mouth may increase your risk for serious diseases. Research has shown that those who suffer from gum disease also have a higher risk of suffering from heart disease. And considering that heart disease is a very serious condition, it makes sense to protect yourself with good habits. If protecting your teeth means protecting your heart, it's an absolute no-brainer that good dental health should be a top priority.

How Can We Protect Our Teeth?

Taking care of your teeth is probably easier than you think. Along with brushing a minimum of twice a day, it's important to floss at least once a day. You should also see the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. If you are given any advice from the dentist, make sure to follow it precisely. Protecting the teeth is all about maintenance and prevention. Add these tips to your life and make them routine to keep your mouth in better health.

So should you worry about healthy teeth? Absolutely. Along with a much prettier and healthier smile, you'll also be improving health of the body as a whole. Use these tips to get started, and you'll be on the right track and moving in a healthier direction before you know it.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Alpharetta, Ga.

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