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Why is good dental hygiene important?

With our teeth playing such a crucial role in our day-to-day lives, it is important to make sure that we keep our smiles healthy. Not only do they help us eat, but they also allow us to talk clearly and give our face its shape. A good smile also gives us confidence and influences our relationships and careers.

Oral hygiene involves keeping your teeth and gums free from decay and gum disease which as we know involves regular brushing and flossing. We also recommend visiting for a dental health checkup and cleaning every 3 to 6 months to keep on top of any dental issues. Maintaining good oral hygiene is important for your overall health and well-being. It has been well documented that oral issues such as gum disease can increase your risk of health conditions. Therefore it is incredibly important to make sure your oral health is kept in peak condition.

The main goal of oral hygiene is to prevent plaque from building up, this, in turn, helps to limit the risk of tooth decay or gum inflammation. But just why is good dental hygiene important?

It can impact your overall health and well-being

After all, your mouth is the door to your body. Your oral health is a good indicator of your overall health and can be an early indicator of systemic diseases such as diabetes. Diabetes often starts to become apparent in the form of a mouth lesion or other dental problems such as infections.

 Studies also suggest that patients with periodontal disease are at great risk of having heart issues, this is because periodontal disease increases inflammation. Alongside diabetes and heart problems, several other health conditions can be caused by poor oral hygiene such as:

  • Cancer
  • Endocarditis
  • Pneumonia
  • Sepsis
  • Pregnancy complications 

It is important to make sure that you keep your teeth and mouth clean to limit the risks of further health complications from occurring.

Minimises tooth loss

As one of the most common dental issues patients face, tooth loss should be taken seriously. The main reason for tooth loss is poor oral hygiene and tooth decay. Plaque buildup is usually the main culprit for tooth loss and due to it causes tooth decay and gum inflammation.

It is important to make sure that you are regularly brushing and flossing to help reduce any build-up from occurring. Although these methods alone are not enough to keep your teeth in peak condition. Regular visits to the dentist and hygienist at least twice a year will help to ensure that plaque does not build up in those hard-to-reach areas.

A whiter smile

We would all be lying if we say having whiter teeth would not make us feel more confident when smiling. Good dental hygiene will help to maintain your smile by keeping it bright, white, and healthy.

A healthy lifestyle

Of course, these are not the only ways to look after your oral health, your lifestyle and what you eat also play a huge role. Here are some lifestyle tips on how to maintain good oral hygiene:

  • Limit the number of sugary snacks and drinks you consume
  • Avoiding smoking
  • Rinse your mouth with water after meals
  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Visit your dentist regularly
  • Protect your teeth with a mouthguard when playing sports

Get in touch today to arrange an appointment with one of our professional dentists.

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