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How Bad Dental Habits Can Hurt Your Health

Did you know that poor oral hygiene, gum disease and tooth decay can impact your health? Sure, plaque and gingivitis may cause bad breath or make your teeth look dirty, but there are reasons that are even more important than you realized. Thankfully, the dental team at Back Bay Dental can help!

Ignoring Gingivitis

Gingivitis may sound like it isn’t much of a problem, but it can quickly lead to gum disease. If you have gums that are bleeding or swollen, chances are they are beginning to detach from your teeth. This condition not only results in tooth and bone loss – it’s directly linked with problems like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, erectile dysfunction and so much more.

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Using a Cheap Toothbrush

The right toothbrush will have soft, flexible bristles that are curved at each microscopic tip. Cheap, stiff bristles may be rough, or cut flat on the ends – making them abrasive to your teeth and gum tissue. Over time you will start to see your gums recede, exposing the roots of your teeth. To make matters worse, the stiff brush will also start to wear your enamel away because of how abrasive it is.

Avoiding Trips to the Dentist

Regular check-ups at your dentist’s office can pinpoint problems when they’re smaller, simpler and cheaper to fix. Waiting until something hurts or doesn’t go away will usually mean that you need a more aggressive treatment. In most cases we can identify risk factors and give you tips to help problems go away before they get worse.

Man at dental checkup for oral exam

Having an unhealthy smile can damage your social life, self-confidence and impact your relationships at work. Thankfully it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s time to take steps to change that. Call Back Bay Dental Care today to enjoy a healthier smile starting right away!

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