WHAT IS ORAL HYGIENE / PERIODONTAL HEALTH
Oral health touches every aspect of our lives but is often taken for granted. Your mouth is a window into the health of your body. It can show signs of nutritional deficiencies or general infection. Systemic diseases, those that affect the entire body, may first become apparent because of mouth lesions or other oral problems.
Dental hygiene is the key to complete oral health. Periodontal gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults and can also lead to many physical health problems if left untreated. Poor dental hygiene can also be a source of extreme pain.
Our Green Spring Dental Care team is committed to helping our patients maintain superior dental hygiene through regular cleanings and insightful information on how to keep your teeth and gums at their optimal health. Regular office visits, along with follow-through on recommended procedures and routines such as flossing, can allow you to maintain top-notch periodontal health.
WHY DO I NEED ORAL HYGIENE / PERIODONTAL HEALTH
You can practice good oral hygiene by:
- Always brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste;
- Cleaning between your teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner;
- Replacing your toothbrush every three or four months; and
- Eating a balanced diet and limiting between-meal snacks.
Be sure to remember to schedule regular dental check-ups to keep your smile, and yourself, healthy. Your teeth are an important part of your oral health, and your gums are equally essential to oral health, too. If you have serious gum problems, Green Spring Dental Care can provide periodontal cleanings and other treatment.
BENEFITS OF ORAL HYGIENE / PERIODONTAL
Good oral hygiene means maintaining healthy gums, reducing bad breath, and keeping your teeth free from plaque by brushing, flossing and cleaning your tongue regularly. It can prevent disease, improve your health, and make your trips to Green Spring Dental a lot more pleasant. Here are some benefits of having good oral hygiene and periodontal health:
- Save money. Prevention is less expensive than cure. Regular daily care of your teeth and gums will prevent problems in the future and leave you with lower dental bills.
- Fresh Breath. Your mouth will start to smell bad if you do not clean it regularly. If you brush and clean your mouth out at least twice a day, you’ll reduce your chances of developing halitosis.
- Prevent gum disease. Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums and the first stage of gum disease) is caused by the plaque build-up around your teeth, leading to swollen gums and teeth that bleed when you brush them. Plaque is an accumulation of food and bacteria, which appears in everyone’s mouth and it needs to be cleaned off regularly to keep your mouth healthy.
- Reduce your chance of a heart attack or stroke. Bacteria from your mouth can make its way into your bloodstream and increase your chance of a heart attack or stroke. The benefits of healthy teeth and gums include a decreased risk in cardiovascular disease. Some studies suggest that the inflammation caused by periodontal disease may increase the risk of heart disease. It’s also thought that periodontal disease can aggravate those with heart conditions.
- Prevent or minimise Diabetes. Any gum disease can make it harder to control your blood glucose. The relationship between serious gum disease and diabetes is two-way. Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.
- Have a healthier pregnancy. Gum disease has been shown to increase the chance of premature birth and low birth weight. It can also be one of the many causes of delayed conception and impotence. Women who are pregnant should take extra care to keep their teeth at their best, not just for themselves, but for their babies too.
7. Reduce risk for oral cancer. Good oral health can prevent or reduce the risk of oral cancer. People who smoke, chew tobacco, drink excessively, and have poor oral health are at a higher risk of oral cancer. As part of regular checkups, dentists check all soft tissues to ensure they are healthy and to identify any suspicious or unusual changes in your gums, tongue, lips and cheeks.