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Reasons Why Oral Hygiene is Important


Posted on 1/23/2023 by Dr. Anthony Hoffman
Reasons Why Oral Hygiene is ImportantOral hygiene is ensuring your teeth are free from any infection and decay. Good oral practices include gently brushing your teeth, flossing, and dental exams. Ensure your oral hygiene is outstanding to prevent plaque buildup and damage to the teeth and gum tissues. Some of the reasons you should make your oral hygiene a priority include the following:

Prevents Tooth Decay and Loss


Plaque buildup can cause tooth decay or loss. Brushing and flossing your teeth helps to minimize plaque buildup. Regular dental cleaning also helps eliminate plaque and ensure good oral health. If you let plaque buildup on your teeth for a long time, infections may occur that will harm the teeth supporting bones and gums. In severe cases, bone deterioration occurs, leading to the loss of teeth.

Identify any Oral Disease


A dental examination is crucial to evaluate any underlying dental condition. Through the exams, your dentist will identify any signs of tooth decay, tooth loss, or gum disease early enough. They will manage the conditions in their early stages before they cause any health complications. A dentist can use diagnostic tests such as dental x-rays to identify any underlying oral condition.

A Healthy Pregnancy


Good oral hygiene is imperative for a healthy pregnancy. For instance, severe gum disease can progress and cause the birth of underweight or premature babies. If you have tooth decay, the harmful bacteria can systemically spread to the baby, making them more susceptible to tooth cavities.

Minimizes Risk of Heart Disease


Poor oral hygiene can lead to tooth decay and severe cases of gum disease. Gum disease is highly linked to heart disease. Brushing and flossing your teeth reduces the risks of periodontitis which will also minimize the risk of any heart condition.

Good oral hygiene is beneficial for your overall health. Be proactive in eliminating the buildup of tartar and plaque in your mouth and tongue.
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