If you’ve ever been to a dentist, orthodontist, or prosthodontist, you’ve probably received the following instructions: “Brush your teeth regularly, and remember to floss.” Rules. Rules. Rules.

While your first reaction may be, “Thanks, Mom,” that little piece of advice is a big step towards your overall health. Your mouth is the main gateway to the rest of your body, and the simple practice of good oral hygiene cuts down on bacteria, prevents tooth decay, gum disease, and can even cut down on your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Who would’ve thought?

We often think of diet, exercise, and perhaps medicine as the primary avenues to a healthy body, but taking care of your mouth is an easy, simple, and cost-effective way to help protect the rest of your body. Good oral hygiene keeps your teeth strong, healthy, and looking great, and it doesn’t end with a good toothbrush and minty dental floss.

Not smoking, eating the right foods, and going for regular check-ups with your dentist are essential. Dental health care professionals perform detailed exams, in-depth cleaning, advise patients on foods that may strengthen or hurt their oral health, and keep an eye out for diseases the untrained eye can’t spot, including oral cancer. The truth is, cavities often occur in areas just outside the reach of toothbrushes, and if a cavity goes undetected for any length of time, you can be in a lot of physical—and financial—pain.

That’s why the team at East Tennessee Prosthodontics performs comprehensive examinations and thorough dental cleanings. We’ll do our best to help you keep your mouth healthy, and our hygiene professionals will take the time to teach you easy ways to keep your smiles looking great. Our team of dental professionals will also advise you on the best ways to protect your investment in crowns, veneers and implant restorations.

If it’s been a while since your last check-up, or you just want to know more about the little things you can do to maintain excellent oral hygiene and keep your smile strong, contact East Tennessee Prosthodontics today at 865-769-0886. We look forward to meeting you.