Not everyone grows up with parents who teach good oral hygiene habits or who take their children to the dentist regularly. As a friend, you serve the responsibility of teaching your friends what they might not know about their oral health. Here are a few things your friends need to know about oral health from your dentist in Las Vegas.
Your Bad Breath is a Warning Sign
If you get close to someone’s face and you notice they pull away, there’s a good chance it’s because you have bad breath. Bad breath is a symptom of gum disease which occurs with poor oral health. It means you have bacteria in your mouth and serves as a warning sign. If your bad breath doesn’t go away no matter how much you brush and floss, without a trip to the dentist, that bad breath might turn into tooth loss. Do yourself a favor and visit the dentist.
Your Teeth Shouldn’t Have a Layer of Plaque
It’s pretty easy to tell if someone doesn’t have healthy teeth. When plaque and tartar build-up, the teeth can look yellow, rough, and discolored. Plaque and tartar can build up without regular brushing and flossing or consistent dental appointments. Your teeth don’t need to gleam white, but if they feel rough to touch with your tongue, schedule a dental cleaning with your dentist. Without interception from your dentist and new oral hygiene habits, that plaque and tartar will turn into cavities, gum disease, and potentially tooth loss.
Your Gums Shouldn’t Look Red
When you neglect your oral health, it shows. When you smile, talk, or show your gums in any way, everyone can see that they’re red. Red is a sign of inflammation. Inflamed gums are not healthy gums. Healthy gums are a shade of pink. Other signs of unhealthy gums include bleeding and swelling. If your gums aren’t healthy, get them checked out and improve your oral health. Without gum disease treatment, your infected gums can spread to the rest of the body which can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. Not to mention, unhealthy gums can lead to tooth loss.
Skipping Brushing Your Teeth Isn’t Cool
Some things don’t age well. For instance, when you were a kid and you skipped brushing before going to bed because it made you feel cool, well as an adult, it’s definitely not cool. Actually, not brushing your teeth twice a day can contribute to bad breath, plaque, tartar, cavities, and gum disease. Does spending hours at the dentist treating your teeth sound cool to you? No. Never skip brushing your teeth! Bring a toothbrush along with you if you plan to spend the night at someone’s house. In the meantime, brush every morning and every night. If you have a particularly sugary treat during the day, it doesn’t hurt to add an extra brushing session. Also, make sure to floss at least once per day.