One of the easiest ways to keep your mouth clean is to brush your teeth and floss twice a day. Why is the simple act of brushing our teeth so important? It turns out that oral hygiene has a much greater impact on overall physical health than previously understood.
A recent study actually found that people are 70% more likely to develop heart disease if they have poor dental hygiene. Many other health concerns related to the limbic, cardiovascular, and prenatal health have also been correlated with oral health. Even if none of these more serious health concerns arise, the effects of poor dental hygiene are often very painful and difficult to ignore. The most common consequence of poor dental hygiene is cavities. A cavity is a hole in your tooth, caused by acids found in plaque. Plaque forms from food that is not brushed away, which is why we recommend brushing your teeth a minimum of twice daily.
If you are currently experiencing tooth pain or think you may have a cavity, we always recommend that you make an appointment and come in to have Dr. Mulandi take a look. Depending on the severity of your cavity, Dr. Mulandi may recommend that a cap is placed on the tooth, the cavity itself be filled, or he may need to perform a root canal. It’s much easier to prevent a cavity than to repair it, so remember to brush your teeth and floss regularly.