Brushing our teeth twice a day combined with flossing and an annual check-up at the dentist is the accepted minimum for most people. However, it is extremely important to maintain this regimen according to an internet article by Melanie Aman. Not only will daily dental care give you healthy teeth and a confident smile but it can also avoid serious problems in later life.
According to Ms. Aman, failure to take proper dental care can have serious consequences including:
– Heart Disease. The research is continuing but there appears to be a link between bad dental care and heart disease.
– Diabetes. Gum disease has long been linked with diabetes but poor dental hygiene may also play a significant part in causing diabetes.
– Cancer. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is not just a sexually transmitted infection but can also be caused by gum and oral disease. HPV is responsible for nearly 80% of oral cancers.
As if this wasn’t bad enough, poor dental hygiene can cause gum disease, gingivitis and even dementia. Maintaining good dental hygiene is essential if you are to have healthy teeth and gums and a winning smile. As Ms. Aman reminds us in her article we “should replace a toothbrush every four months” as part of our dental care routine and the article can be read in full at