Good Oral Hygiene May Benefit Your Lungs
Did you know that poor oral hygiene can affect your lungs? Itâs true, having few remaining teeth, increased plaque, and practicing infrequent tooth brushing may be associated with worsening COPD symptoms. Whatâs more, gum disease related to poor oral health and inadequate dental care may be associated with an increased risk of a number of long-term illnesses, including COPD.
What Good Oral Hygiene Really Means
When it comes to defining good oral hygiene itâs best to head straight to the source. Colgate, one of Americaâs leading toothpaste manufacturers, equates good oral hygiene to a mouth that looks and smells healthy and fresh. This can be further demonstrated as:
Proper Brushing Technique
Colgate recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day using the following brushing technique:3
Proper Flossing Technique
Many of us forget to floss, however Colgate recommends flossing at least once a day to decrease your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. If youâre not sure how to floss correctly, here are a few tips:3
More Oral Hygiene Tips
In addition to brushing and flossing, the following steps are recommended to further decrease your risk of dental problems:3
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 âWhat is Good Oral Hygiene?â Colgate Oral and Dental Health Resource Center. Accessed January 31, 2015.