Dental Hygiene Tips

Right from the day you were born, you would have probably heard about the importance of having good dental hygiene habits. So, invariably most of us go on with the chore of brushing our teeth to maintain proper health of our teeth. But, is this enough? Definitely not!

You might be amazed to know that despite brushing the teeth many people suffer from dental problems that cause them great pain and agony. In addition, people suffer from a wide variety of gum problems and problems to the supporting structures of the teeth. So, where is it that you are going wrong?

The one important thing that you are going wrong is in the assumption that good dental hygiene will just include a thorough brushing of your teeth. So, then what exactly is dental hygiene?

Dental hygiene is the oral hygiene habits that you perform in order to ensure that your teeth and gum structures along with other supporting structures remain healthy and strong so that your teeth will remain in place with no problems for a long time to come.

Cost of Neglecting Dental Hygiene

There are many deleterious effects of neglecting dental hygiene. If you are not careful of your dental hygiene, you are not only compromising the health of your teeth, you could also be compromising total overall health.

Teeth are the guardians to your digestive system. If you lose your teeth prematurely, your entire digestive system suffers and food that you take will not be digested properly. If food is not digested properly, the absorption of essential nutrients will be affected. This will in turn affect your overall health and you will begin to feel listless and weak.

Also, neglecting oral hygiene has been correlated to the development of certain heart problems like bacterial endocarditis that can be potentially fatal.

Neglecting dental hygiene could cause problems like dental decay that could eventually lead to pain in your teeth, infections and abscesses. Not only are your teeth affected, your gums too will become inflamed if proper hygiene habits are not maintained. This could lead to your gums becoming weak and loss of support structures of your teeth causing you to lose your teeth prematurely.

Aspects of Dental Hygiene

Most of us are in the wrong notion that dental hygiene habits only include brushing of the teeth. There are many more aspects to hygiene habits that need to be performed regularly in order to maintain proper health of the teeth and gums. So, now let us understand the aspects of dental hygiene so that you will retain your teeth healthy for a long time to come.

  • Brushing the teeth – This is an aspect known to one and all. But, it is essential to brush the teeth regularly and correctly as improper brushing habits can by lead to problems of the teeth and gums. Also, it is important to brush after every meal in order to minimize the build up of plaque on the teeth.
  • Flossing – While we concentrate on keeping our teeth clean on the surfaces, we do not bother about cleaning in between our teeth. This is an area where your brush will not touch and plaque builds up easily to cause teeth and gum problems. So, it is necessary to floss regularly so that the areas in between the teeth are also clean and healthy.
  • Rinsing with a mouthwash is a practice adopted by many to maintain good hygiene. Although this has an effect in keeping plaque formation at minimal, it has not many effects on cleaning the teeth or keeping bad breath away as it is many a time claimed.
  • Diet and Habits – The food that you take is also important in maintaining your dental hygiene. If you are in the habit of taking high sugar foods and do not brush and rinse after a meal, the availability of sugar for bacteria to grow and proliferate in the mouth increases thereby increasing the chances of decay of your teeth and other gum problems.
  • Regular Dental Checkups – One mistake that many of us do is to avoid making visits to the dentist. We just assume that we do not suffer from any dental problems that need correction. But, you will be surprised to know that there are many dental problems that do not manifest any symptoms in the initial stages and might go unnoticed unless you make the visit to the dentist. So, what could have been a simple correction might need more complex treatment procedures when in the advanced stages. So, it is important to make regular visits to the dentist (at least once a year) in order to avoid problems with your teeth and gums.
  • Dental Treatments – One last aspect of dental hygiene is to get whatever dental treatments advised by your dentist in order to maintain the health of your teeth and gums. You will also need to get regular clean up done as deposit formation (tartar) cannot be removed by brushing no matter how thorough and correct you are.

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