What’s the Importance of Dental Hygiene?
So, what’s the importance of dental hygiene? Read the reasons below.
Fighting off bacteria
The mouth is full of bacteria. No matter how good your dental hygiene routine is, these bacteria will always be present. Normal, everyday activities such as eating, drinking, biting nails, etc. bring the bacteria into your mouth. In general, they present no problem. If you follow proper hygiene rules then there will be minimal numbers anyway. However, in cases of gum disease (periodontitis), these bacteria can access the bloodstream very easily. Usually, through the inflammation or infection of the tissues that surround the teeth. In this instance, gum disease can lead to illnesses such heart problems and diabetes. Hence the regular removal of the bacteria causing periodontal disease is essential. There are two types of gum disease, depending on the severity of it. The least severe form is gingivitis and the more severe form is periodontitis.
Some people are more susceptible to dental problems than others. Gum disease can be hereditary, but it also occurs without that genetic link. Factors of natural susceptibility, plus poor dental hygiene might likely lead to loss of teeth. Furthermore, once the person loses teeth, dentures become the only option for replacement because there is not enough bone left for implants.
Right use of products
Statistics show that people nowadays are keeping their teeth for longer. But this means higher numbers of root decay. This occurs naturally over time, however, it can be mitigated by good, regular cleaning. Many dentists recommend two minutes of thorough brushing, with a high concentration fluoride toothpaste. Make sure to cover all tooth surfaces with a medium to a firm manual toothbrush. You should also ensure that all teeth, even those that are difficult to reach, are covered.
Flossing will take care of the gaps between the teeth, though the technique is important here. Rather than just running the floss back and forth between the teeth, you must take care to pull it taut around each side of the tooth and then use a forward and backward motion to dislodge any food particles that are stuck there. Finally, most periodontists would recommend rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash to remove the dislodged particles.