But, would you go on a date knowing your mouth stinks? Usually when we talk about oral hygiene what comes to our minds is that we are exposing ourselves to two or three problems that can be considered “minor” and that are easy to fix such as cavities, plaque and bad breath. True?
The truth is that the reasons for maintaining proper oral hygiene are much more important than prevention against bad breath and there is a list of diseases and ailments that may appear as a consequence of not maintaining proper cleaning habits.
Ready To Understand The Importance Of Proper Oral Hygiene
There is certainly much more than bad breath and today we know that even diabetes is related to poor oral hygiene. Our mouth is home to as many bacteria as SIX billion bacteria on a daily basis and it is literally impossible that they have no consequences on the rest of our body if we do not keep them at bay. Our gums can be severely affected by a lack of proper oral cleaning and get sick from gingivitis, extra sensitivity and excessive bleeding.
Cavities can be created at a much faster rate, deepening our saliva and take us to surgery through the much-feared root canal treatment for example. Our tongue can be affected by an excessive plaque formation that limits our chances of tasting the food we eat, so we will lose the desire to eat and can affect our nutrition. We could accelerate the loss of some of our teeth which will lead to medical expenses, chewing discomfort and potential exposure to oral infections.
Periodontitis! An inflammatory disease infecting the gums and that can even make you lose your teeth and cause you a lot of pain. Oral cancer can even appear as a result of many years of poor oral hygiene because it allows blisters and wounds to remain surrounded by bacteria for longer than due. Halitosis! Kidney diseases! And many, many others.
Do you have the toothbrush seized right now and you cannot stand the urge to go to the sink?
Well, nothing better than being aware of everything we can prevent in order to incorporate into our routines the correct cleaning habits and that we can save ourselves from going through almost all the problems that I have shared with you above. Don’t you agree?
Certainly prevention is our best ally. In almost all aspects that have to do with our health so, put the toothbrush down for a couple more of minutes and keep reading.
Here’s The Best Action Plan That My Experience Can Provide
- Brush your teeth no less than 3 times a day! The two most important moments are when you wake up because your mouth just spent hours of accelerated growth of bacteria and before going to sleep to maximize the chances of eliminating any residue of food that you have accumulated during the day.
- Floss at least once a day (preferably before going to sleep) try to use it so that you are not aggressive with your gums but that the depth used is correct to remove the waste that the toothbrush could not remove.
- A mouthwash is undoubtedly a great ally in the plan for prevention of oral diseases because those that exist today in the market have great ability to eliminate germs and bacteria in a practical way.
- Maintain a balanced diet. Yes! The quality of the food we consume affects our saliva and therefore the ability of this to defend our mouth from infections and formation of cavities and dental plaque.
- Set at least two preventive visits to your dentist in a period of one year. With this you will make sure that a professional of the oral field takes a look at your mouth in places in which perhaps you did not look and with the professional knowledge that maybe you do not have.
So, you see there is much more to oral hygiene than bad breath. I hope you will start taking it seriously from now on, if you haven’t already.
Peter Boulden is the head dentist at http://www.atlantadentalspa.com. In his spare time he likes to help people anyway he can, and his best spent time is a movie night with the family.