Let’s assume that you already know that dental hygiene aims to keep your teeth in your mouth. That is just the start, though. Your mouth is the gateway to your body, what goes in your mouth will go through your body. So, let’s ask the question why dental hygiene is important. Dentistry can do a lot, but the health of your teeth is up to you.
- To keep bacteria under control – There’s a lot of bacteria inside your mouth. For the most part, this is harmless. The natural defences in your body combined with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing can stop the bacteria from doing anything bad.
- Gum disease – It’s easy to have gum disease and not know it. Signs of gum disease include bleeding when brushing or flossing, tender and sensitive areas, or redness and swelling. Gum disease can destroy your smile quickly or over time. Good dental hygiene will keep gum disease away.
- Pain – Oral or facial pain can be caused by bad dental hygiene. Dentistry has come a long way with treatment and surgeries, but isn’t it better to avoid needing either of these things? Pain in the mouth could be a sign of gum disease, issues with the jaw bone or an infection.
- Digestion issues – The mouth is where the digestion of food starts. Problems here can lead to problems in the intestines, irritable bowel syndrome or similar problems in the stomach area.
- Premature birth or low birth weight – You probably didn’t know this, but gum disease has been linked to problems with pregnancy. Premature births or low birth weights have been found in babies born to mothers with gum disease.
The state of your mouth can be a sign of other issues. If you look after your teeth properly but still have oral hygiene issues, speak to your doctor or dentist. Some conditions that affect oral health are:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
As said above, dentistry can fix a lot of your dental issues. But, prevention is always better. Especially when prevention is so simple. Brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste. Don’t use an old toothbrush, when the bristles are a mess get a new one. Floss every day, at least once or after every meal. Eat healthy with vegetables, meat, fruit and avoid sugars and snacking too much. Visit your dentist regularly to be sure everything is fine. And avoid tobacco and alcohol.