One of the earliest lessons most people learn in their lives is that they need to brush and floss regularly to maintain good dental hygiene. Brushing and flossing, ideally after every meal, drinking water and keeping sugary snacks to a minimum seems obvious. Also important is visiting Dr. Brightleaf and her experienced staff twice a year. It is important that if you have children, you bring them to our family dentistry practice when they are three to begin teaching them the importance of dental hygiene.

Maintaining Your Oral Health

Eating well, brushing with fluoride toothpaste, drinking fluoridated water, and visiting Dr. Brightleaf are all important to maintaining good oral health. However, understanding why you should do this may give you a better picture of its importance.

Dental hygiene is about more than keeping your teeth white. Maintaining your bit function is important for eating and speaking. Losing teeth to decay can lead to jaw bone shrinkage, as well as cause overall systemic problems with your health. Studies have tied tooth decay and general poor oral health with heart attacks, strokes, and some types of cancer. Your whole body health can be affected when you do not take care of your teeth and gums.

Dr. Brightleaf offers preventative dentistry to keep cavities that cause tooth decay at bay, as well as dental implants for patients missing teeth, and neuromuscular dentistry for patients whose jaw pain may keep them from eating as well as they should.

Your bite and jaw functionality are extremely important to maintaining your health. Your dental aesthetic, while also important, should not be given preeminence over your health.

If you would like to learn more about the importance of general hygiene and are in the Santa Monica, California area, please contact Brightleaf Cosmetic & Holistic Dentistry today.