Oral hygiene is important for many reasons, not least the prevention of gum disease and decay. However, recent studies have shown that good oral hygiene is so important that it could actually save your life. Numerous studies have now shown that gum disease can increase the risk of life-threatening general health and systemic conditions, meaning that brushing your teeth has never been more important.
Oral hygiene and oral health
Brushing and flossing are effective ways of removing plaque, food debris and bacteria from your mouth and this not only lowers the risk of gum disease, bad breath and tooth decay, but also helps to keep your teeth looking bright and white. Without regular brushing, bacteria would gather inside the mouth and combine with leftover food to form plaque, the main cause of gum disease and cavities.
Oral health and general health
Gum disease and decay are nasty enough, but recent research has revealed that the bacteria responsible for gum disease can also increase the risk of systemic illnesses, including heart disease and strokes. Researchers believe that harmful bacteria can travel from the mouth to other parts of the body, increasing the risk of serious health problems.
Preventing gum disease
Aside from sticking to a diligent daily oral hygiene regime, it is also important to keep an eye on what you eat and drink and to remember to book a check-up with your dentist every 6 months. We also recommend regular oral hygiene sessions, which keep the mouth really clean and free from dangerous bacteria. Smoking is also a major risk factor for gum disease, as it reduces blood flow to the gums; giving up smoking will reduce your risk of gum disease, as well as a whole host of other conditions. If you need help with giving up smoking, we will be happy to offer information and advice.
If you have any questions about gum disease, decay, brushing or even choosing toothbrushes and toothpaste, do not hesitate to ask your dentist or give us a call.