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Most people compromise their oral health – they do not give oral care the attention it deserves until they find themselves in pain. Little do they realize that if they had paid heed to their mouth and teeth, it would never come to that.
Maintaining good oral care
Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most crucial things that can be done to keep one’s teeth and gums healthy. It has proven to have a significant impact on one’s overall health and also one’s social life. Oral hygiene does more than just keeping a smile bright. It tells a lot about one’s overall health. According to a dental practitioner at Lafrenz Dental Practice who prefers anonymity, the mouth is the first entry point for nutrients needed by the body, therefore to ensure that the body receives healthy nutrients; the mouth needs to be free of germs.
To ensure that the mouth and teeth are healthy, it is recommended to brush twice in a day and floss regularly because plaque can build up along the gum line, creating an environment for additional bacteria to accumulate in the space between the gums and the teeth. A fluoride toothpaste is mostly recommended.
“It is vital that people visit dentists or dental therapists after every six months for check-ups, scaling and polishing,” recommends the dentist. The practitioner also added that it is essential to replace the toothbrush when the bristles start bending or every three months, whichever comes first. Mouth rinses are also an essential in keeping healthy oral wise.
Aside from brushing the teeth and dentists visits, it is also advisable to refrain from foods that can cause cavities like sugar-based foods and staying away from tobacco products. A healthy diet which contains crunchy fruits, vegetables and lemons helps in promoting the natural cleaning process by improving the flow of saliva. Hydration is another essential component. “Drinking water is the most basic step that one can take in order to improve oral hygiene.”
If you don’t care…
The mouth is an integral part of human existence and ignoring oral health can lead to a devastatingly low quality of life. Most dental issues such as dental caries and periodontal diseases can lead to tooth loss and bad odour.
According to the dentist, dental caries are cavities that lead to a harbour of food particles that feed the bacteria that already exist in the mouth. “This is how most of the bacteria and impurities tend to enter the body and when the impurities and harmful germs are in a higher concentration, the food eaten is contaminated which then leads to multiple unfavourable implications on one’s health,” explained the dental practitioner.
The practitioner further explained that the infection of the gums leads to bleeding gums which is known as gingivitis and when the condition is left unattended, it progresses into periodontitis which ultimately result in tooth loss. Moreover, poor oral hygiene leads to frequent sore throats, loss of appetite and stomach aches.
According to studies, people who fail to maintain proper oral hygiene are more likely to develop heart disease later on in their lives. If the eyes are the window to the soul, the mouth should also be considered the door to the heart. Not just because it is key to a loving kiss, a pretty smile and savouring a meal but also because poor oral health can be the root cause of some serious health problems.
Generalised fatigue and weakness is one more common symptom which can develop because of a lack of oral hygiene. “Poor oral health leads to bad breath which is another serious issue that most people face. It damages one’s facial profile especially when one loses their teeth,” said the dental practitioner.
Bad oral health can also be particularly bad for one’s social life. It is said to have an effect on self-esteem and confidence. “It will be devastating to utter a word and leave people heading for the hills or give a smile that would seem to be throwing up gang signs.”
According to a survey
commissioned by the British Dental Association, one in five people say that oral odour is the most unattractive feature a person can have. But it’s more than just a social no-no, bad breath is a body’s way of saying “all is not well.”
A healthy dental lifestyle
With a healthy mouth that is free of gum diseases and cavities, one’s quality of life is bound to be better. “Being free from mouth and facial pain, oral infections and sores means that you can eat, chew, bite, smile and speak properly,” concluded the Lafrenz dental practitioner.
Oral hygiene does not only enable one to look and feel good it makes it possible for one to eat and speak properly. Taking good care of your mouth, teeth and gums is a worthy goal in and of itself. Good oral and dental hygiene can help prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease as well as help one keep his or her teeth as they age.
If you didn’t already have enough reasons to take good care of your mouth, teeth and gums, the relationship between your oral health and your overall health provides even more. Resolve to practice good oral hygiene every day. It is an investment in one’s overall health, not just for now, but for the future, too. Do the best to your teeth and they will thank you later.