Clean teeth and breath not only contribute to a well-groomed appearance. Cleaning your teeth and gums on a daily basis can help you avoid diseases like caries and periodontitis. This article will explain why good oral hygiene is important for your health. Every day, we use our teeth, gums, and tongue to eat, drink, chew, and speak. That is why they require ongoing care. Dentists refer to this as “oral hygiene.” Daily cleaning of the teeth and interdental spaces, as well as the gums and tongue, is part of good oral hygiene.
Why is oral hygiene important?
Every mouth contains bacteria. They are deposited on the teeth as plaque along with saliva particles and food residues. Even on a “clean” tooth, a layer of bacteria forms in a matter of seconds. In a healthy mouth, however, most bacteria are harmless and in a healthy balance with the oral cavity’s environment. This healthy condition in the mouth is maintained if they are removed regularly and thoroughly, for example, by brushing. However, if plaque is left on the teeth for an extended period of time, the healthy balance of bacteria can be disrupted. Bacteria multiply more rapidly in this case. A pathological plaque forms. This pathological plaque can become hard if it is not removed: Tartar forms on the plaque. Inflammation can occur when plaque and tartar form at the gum line. This is initially limited to the gums, but it has the potential to spread to the entire tooth bed. This is known as periodontitis. In addition, bacteria convert the sugar in our food into acids. These acids erode tooth enamel, allowing caries to form.
How can I protect my oral health?
To some extent, the mouth can clean itself. Plaque, for example, can accumulate less on parts of the tooth that come into contact with the cheek or tongue. Saliva also contains antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal compounds. However, these endogenous mechanisms are insufficient to remove all plaque. This can jeopardize your oral health and cause gum recession. Since gum recession can lead to serious problems, you need to pay attention so you can keep your gums healthy. Regular check-ups with your dentist are among the most important factors for your oral health. Tartar that is not removed can lead to much more serious health issues in the future.
Good oral hygiene is important for more than just preventing periodontitis and dental caries. It is also an independent factor in the prevention of systemic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to new evidence. Aids that effectively control intraoral biofilm reduce inflammation in the mouth and throughout the body. Because of their unique mechanism, sonic toothbrushes have proven to be effective.