Oral hygiene is one of the most important aspects of a person’s health. However, many overlook the significance of maintaining their teeth’s health, and turn to cosmetic dentistry treatments such as teeth whitening and straightening instead. This can be quite unsettling because cosmetic dentistry doesn’t really address the actual problems, although they could help to some degree. Therefore, people must be reminded of the different ways of practicing good oral hygiene and the consequences of neglecting them.
Plaque and tartar formation
Neglecting oral care practices could lead to many different detrimental effects. One of the most common results of bad oral hygiene is the formation of plaque and tartar. Plaque and tartar are two separate things but are often interchanged. Plaque is the formation of a soft white layer on the surface of teeth where bacteria can be found. On the other hand, tartar is the formation of a calcified plaque and is very difficult to remove. Both of these, if left untreated, can lead to further damage such as gum disease or tooth decay.
Gum disease includes the inflammation of the gums due to bacteria build-up in plaque. It can lead to gingivitis and periodontitis, which is a progressive form of gingivitis. It could also lead to halitosis (bad breath) or even tooth loss.
Tooth decay is caused when the bacteria in plaque react with the sugars and starch in food and generate acids. These acids are invasive enough to cause holes or caries on teeth and expose the teeth’s nerves to even more bacterial infection. Extreme cases of bad oral hygiene also lead to falling teeth, bleeding gums, and in some cases, heart disease.
To avoid or slow down the development of these dental problems, there are certain practices that could be done. The best way to have healthy teeth is the regular practice of good oral hygiene. It will also ensure the effectiveness and longevity of the treatments you want to get.
Brushing the teeth regularly is the most basic practice, yet the most effective. The bristles of the toothbrush remove the plaque from the surfaces of teeth, while the fluoride in the toothpaste strengthens the tooth enamel. It is best to brush the teeth when you wake up, before or an hour after a meal, and before going to bed. However, brushing the teeth is not enough because it does not reach the areas in between the teeth. To ensure that you have cleaned those tiny gaps, you must use floss. Finish your routine with a mouth wash so as to kill the remaining bacteria in your mouth.
Good oral hygiene goes beyond the daily routine. It also includes limiting the intake of sweets, avoiding smoking, having regular trips to the dentist. If you follow all these, then you’ll be enjoying the perks of having good teeth and gum condition. To top it all, you will achieve that naturally beautiful smile that everybody is looking for.