Importance of oral hygiene and how to maintain it

Your mouth represents the overall condition of your body!

It remains to be a well proven fact that oral and general health is closely connected to each other.

Appropriate oral hygiene is much more than just clean denture and fresh breath; and goes more deep into the overall health of your mouth. Maintaining a healthy oral hygiene, not only helps to make your teeth look and feel better, but also helps in preventing your mouth from cavities, stained or yellowed teeth, and even bad breath.

In fact, poor health of your mouth holds a high chance of extending to a range of health problems, such as heart disease and strokes. Here’s a list of problems that poor oral hygiene can lead to: -

- Cavities, tooth loss, and infected or inflamed gums, which in turn hamper the ability to eat health foods

- Oral and facial pain that happen due to infection of the gums and eventually lead to loss of tooth

- Problems to heart and other major organs due to mouth infections and bacteria in the mouth

- Digestion problems, which begin as a physical and chemical process in the mouth, leads to irritable bowel syndrome, other digestive disorders and even intestinal failure

- Pre-term low-birth-weight babies that happen to women with gum diseases

How to maintain good oral hygiene?

Everything that you do to keep your mouth, teeth and your gums healthy, is a part and process of good oral hygiene. Many believe this to be a short term or one-time thing. When in reality, it requires you to follow a regular and strict curriculum. Below mentioned is a list of things that must be a part of this curriculum: -

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day using fluoridated toothpaste for at least two minutes. Preferably after waking up and before sleeping.
  • Flossing your teeth daily to clean the areas where toothbrush can’t reach.
  • Maintaining a diet that makes sure all the healthy and necessary nutrients (including vitamins A and C) are provided to prevent gum disease.
  • Avoid elements like smoking, chewing of tobacco, pan, etc., that lead to gum disease and even oral cancer.
  • Another easy and must-do measure to keep your teeth clean is to chew sugar-free chewing gum after your food. The increase of flow of saliva that happens in your mouth helps in cleaning all the fluids and food particles out of your mouth.

All that said — beyond everything else, it is very important that you pay your dentist a regular visit. This not only will help you to keep a close watch on the overall health of your mouth, but some quality time with the dentist will also give you the leverage to recognize problems such as decay, gum disease, trauma, or even cancer, at an early and affordable stage when they are treatable.

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