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Why Oral Hygiene Is Important

4 months ago | Health Tips

It's not just about looking good when it comes to your teeth. Poor dental hygiene can lead to issues that are much more serious than an unattractive smile. Problems of the mouth (tooth decay, gum disease) can affect the rest of your body, including your heart.


What’s the connection between oral health and overall health?

Your mouth, like other parts of your body, is teeming with bacteria, most of which are harmless. However, since your mouth is the gateway to your digestive and respiratory systems, some of these bacteria can cause illness.


Bacteria are normally kept under control by the body's natural defenses and good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing. Without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can build up to the point where they cause oral infections like tooth decay and gum disease.


Oral bacteria and the inflammation associated with a severe form of gum disease (periodontitis) may play a role in some diseases, according to research. Furthermore, some diseases can reduce the body's resistance to infection, making oral health issues worse.


Why do I need good dental hygiene?

  1. Good dental hygiene keeps the teeth and gums of children and teenagers healthy - Though genetics play a big part in whether or not you get cavities, regular brushing and preventative dental care will help keep your teeth and gums in good shape. Brushing your teeth removes plaque, which causes tooth decay, and stimulates your gums, which helps to prevent gum disease.

  2. Visits to the dentist on a regular basis lead to early disease detection - Regular dental visits are an important part of maintaining good oral hygiene. Do you go once every six months or once a year? You really should! When your dentist examines your lips, he or she can see a lot more than cavities. Thorough dental examination can reveal: 

  • Diabetes

  • Vitamin deficiencies

  • Heart problems

  • Oral cancers

  • Tooth grinding

  • Acid reflux

  • Osteoporosis, etc

  1. Dental Hygiene Aids in the Prevention of Certain Diseases - Infections that begin in the mouth can lead to more serious health problems. Gingivitis, for example, is a common gum inflammation. Periodontitis, a much more severe infection that can lead to tooth loss, may develop from it. Infections that begin in the mouth have been linked to a variety of complications and diseases, including:

  • Premature births 

  • Asthma 

  • Arthritis

  • Low-birth-weight infants

  • Problems with the lungs

  • Coronary artery disease, etc


How can I protect my oral health?

Practice good oral hygiene on a daily basis to protect your oral health.

  • Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day.

  • Floss on a daily basis.

  • After brushing and flossing, use mouthwash to remove any remaining food particles.

  • Limit foods with added fats and eat a nutritious diet.

  • If the bristles are worn, replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner.

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