In Swindon, we can quite often place a heavy burden on dentists to resolve problems that arise in our mouths, and then usually scoff at the prices they charge for treatments when the bill comes in. It rather highlights the ignorance we have towards oral health because if we just took a little time out to research how to look after our teeth and gums, then we wouldn’t need our dentist that often. Oral health starts at home, as does taking responsibility for how we look after our bodies and our teeth. For starters, good diet and taking everything in moderation, like smoking and drinking, can help to build up our immune system and give strength to our teeth. Not only this, there are enough oral products out there at reasonable prices that make poor oral hygiene inexcusable. A daily routine of brushing with the right paste and brush, flossing and mouth washing should be enough to keep plaque and gum disease at bay- that and a couple of visits to the dentist each year for check-ups. But the importance of keeping our mouths healthy affects our overall health. Poor oral hygiene can lead to gum disease and in turn, to heart and kidney complications as well as oral cancer. There is no excuse for ignorance in dental hygiene, seeing as not only do we have our dentist to consult with, the internet is a hive of information on how we can look after ourselves.