It’s a common misconception that taking care of your smile only needs to happen when you’re young. Your parents took you to the dentist regularly growing up, you may have tackled the issues with the alignment of your teeth and you learned all about proper oral hygiene habits at school. However, once you ventured out on your own, you may have felt as though the hard work was over and you didn’t need to see the dentist as often or brush and floss regularly. We’re here to tell you that a healthy smile is important at any age! Here are some of the most important reasons why it’s imperative to take care of your smile.
Your Smile and Your Health
It’s been said that the keys to health can be found in the mouth. So much of your overall health and well-being stems from the health of the teeth and gums. For instance, failure to maintain proper oral hygiene practices can result in a host of serious problems like:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Certain cancers
- Heart disease
It’s believed that over 90% of systemic diseases can be found by examining the mouth. So as we age, it becomes even more important to take care of your smile.
The Role Orthodontics Plays
Keeping your smile healthy is much easier if your teeth are properly aligned. Having an overbite, underbite, or crossbite and cause undue stress on certain teeth or wear them down unevenly. Crowded teeth make it hard to clean in between, even with floss, and large gaps allow food to gather, which can cause bacteria growth and plaque.
Getting braces or Invisalign from an orthodontist will fix your bite and put your teeth in the right places, making it easier to take care of your smile.
The Benefits of a Healthy Smile
Having a healthy smile isn’t just beneficial when you’re young, it’s beneficial throughout your entire life. As we age, we lose bone density, and teeth are not immune to this. Many people forget teeth are bones, which means they are prone to the same problems as the other bones in the body. Taking proper care of the teeth and the mouth as a whole as we age can prevent us from losing teeth. Unfortunately, many older adults who didn’t take care of their teeth face losing them as they grow too unhealthy to remain in the mouth.
Maintaining the health of the teeth is also crucial among young children as it helps reduce the risk of tooth decay and ensures the permanent teeth are erupting properly.
Maintaining a Healthy Smile for Life
No matter how old you are, your smile matters! That’s why it’s important to take care of it at all stages of your life. Be sure to brush and floss daily, use an ADA approved mouthwash, be mindful of the foods you eat and visit your dentist for regular check-ups. In keeping up with these practices, you not only limit your risk for developing serious problems, you can also maintain your confidence knowing your smile is at its best. If you need a recommendation for a dentist we’re happy to help!
Now that you know how important your smile is to your overall health, be sure to take care of it. After all, you only get one smile. Protect it and have pride in it for life.
The team at Charleston Orthodontic Specialists is excited to help you with your smile! Call (843) 4-BRACES to get started.