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Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine is essential for keeping your body healthy. Oral hygiene is closely linked with your overall health. Did you know that gum disease has been linked to heart disease? By cleaning your teeth and gums properly, you lower the risk of developing problems in the future. Ethos is here to guide you through our best tips to spot symptoms early and reduce the risk of dental problems. 

Signs and Symptoms Of Common Dental Problems 

It is important to check for any symptoms of dental problems when doing your daily oral hygiene routine. If you are experiencing mouth ulcers or sores that don’t fully heal after a week or two, have swollen or bleeding gums after brushing, or have consistent toothaches, you should book a checkup. These are all symptoms of poor dental hygiene that should not be overlooked. Contact your dentist for a checkup to find out what the problem is before it gets worse. 

What Can You Do To Reduce The Risk Of Dental Problems?

The Ethos team has a few tips to help you steer clear of dental health problems: 

  • Brush your teeth using fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day
  • Floss your teeth once per day
  • Decrease the amount of sugar in your diet
  • Eat a diet containing a lot of fruit and vegetables
  • Avoid tobacco products 
  • Attend regular dental checkups

How Important Is Good Oral Health?

Studies have shown direct links between oral health and overall general health. If you do not prioritise a good hygiene routine, your entire body can be negatively impacted. A healthy mouth results in a healthier body, so you must take care of it. Oral bacteria can have damaging effects on other parts of the body including your cardio-vascular system. If harmful bacteria spreads into your bloodstream, it can enter your heart and other organs, potentially leading to long-term or irreversible damage. 

Orthodontist Or Dentist? Which One Should I See? 

The difference between an orthodontist and a dentist is commonly misunderstood and it is important to know which one to see for your teeth needs. If you need a general checkup, fillings, extractions, or teeth cleaning you should visit your dentist. Visit the orthodontist if you need teeth straightening, have broken braces brackets, or have bite issues. Once you know whether you need a dentist or orthodontist, you can book an appointment to start working on perfecting your smile! 

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

To tackle dental hygiene properly, it is important to attend regular dental checkups to catch problems before they worsen. Even if you attend an orthodontist frequently, you should still see a dentist to check up on your general oral health. By staying on top of your oral care and hygiene, you can have a healthy, clean smile all year round! 

Want To Know More? 

The Ethos team is here to help you with any questions you may have throughout your orthodontic journey and is dedicated to helping you understand more about your teeth. If you have more questions about oral hygiene or other enquiries, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team.