Today, everyone of us is concerned about our smiles,the way our teeth looks and shines brighter. But a good oral health is not just about maintaining your teeth.The mouth includes not only teeth but also gums ,their supporting structures and tongue. Maintaining health of each one is equally important to maintain a healthy mouth and a sound body.
Poor oral hygiene can lead to greater problems than just an unpleasant smile. Dental caries progressing to pulpal diseases, periapical pathologies associating pain, swelling, fever can be very discomforting.
Halitosis(bad breath), limiting our self growth and lowering our self esteems. Gingivitis, a common problem associated with unhealthy gums can lead to periodontitis, a severe form resulting in loosening of teeth and ultimately loss of teeth.
In addition, mouth is a gateway to various bacteria.These bacteria not only disrupt the environment in our mouth but can also be a source to affecting various systems of the body.
Infections starting in our mouth can contribute to various diseases such as asthma, arthritis, heart diseases, other respiratory problems etc. However these problems can be prevented. Practicing good oral hygiene and reinforcing it in our daily lives can help us avert these diseases.
The keys to a good oral hygiene:
- Brushing one’s teeth twice daily using a fluoridated toothpaste,
- Flossing daily,
- Cleaning tongue regularly,
- Removing food particles left after brushing using a mouthwash,
- Healthy diet and limiting food products with added sugars,
- Avoiding tobacco intake
- Regular dental checkups
Nevertheless,realizing the significance of oral health and acting accordingly must be a key element in our daily life. Preventing sophisticated disease to creating smiles. Ensuring a healthy mouth and a healthy lifestyle.