Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping one’s mouth clean and free of disease and other problems like bad breath by regular brushing of the teeth and cleaning between the teeth.
It is important that proper oral hygiene practices be carried out regularly to prevent dental diseases and bad breath.
The most common types of dental disease are tooth decay and gum diseases, like gingivitis, and periodontitis.
Where Does Tooth Decay Come From?
Your mouth is home to clusters of bacteria that feed on your food and drinks.
These bacteria can cause tooth decay by feeding on the sugars in the foods and beverages we consume to grow, leaving behind waste in the form of dental plaque.
This plaque allows bacteria to stick around your teeth longer, until they make acids, which erode the tooth enamel and cause cavities.
The bacteria in the plaque formation near the gums produce toxic products that enter the gum tissues, causing gingivitis.
If left ignored, gingivitis can become periodontitis, a more severe complication in which there are bone and tissue losses.
The bacteria in your mouth that produce acids are mainly caused by the food you eat.
Sweet treats are the most common culprits, but there are others that you might not realise can cause damage.
Starches—such as bread, crackers, and cereal—also cause acid formation. The dental plaque produces substances that irritate the gums, making them red, sensitive, and prone to bleeding.
This can lead to gum disease, in which gums recede and form pockets filled with bacteria and pus. If ignored, the bone around the teeth can be destroyed, and teeth may loosen or have to be removed.
How is Proper Oral Hygiene Practiced?
Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your oral health. Healthy teeth not only help you look and feel good but also enable you to eat and speak properly.
Daily care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help prevent problems before they progress, and is much less painful, costly, and worrisome than treating conditions that have been left untreated.
In between regular visits to your Preston dentist, there are simple steps that each of us can take to decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems.
- Brush your teeth thoroughly two times a day and floss daily
- Maintain a balanced diet and limit snacking between meals
- Use dental products that contain fluoride
- Gargle with a fluoride mouthrinse if your Preston dentist tells you to
Oral Hygiene at True Dental Care Preston
Prevention is indeed better than cure. We, at True Dental Care Preston, want to help you avoid dental issues by giving you tips on proper oral hygiene techniques.
Open 6 days a week, our dental practice is conveniently located on Bell St, Preston, with accessible parking on Donovan St, Via Mary St.
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For more information about oral hygiene practices, call us on (03) 9131 5952 or visit us at 358 Bell St in Preston.