Maintaining good oral hygiene is important for healthy teeth and gums, as well as your general wellbeing and vitality. A number of serious dental and medical problems in your mouth – and in other parts of your body – can result from poor oral hygiene habits. Gingivitis (gum disease), mouth infections and periodontal disease (inflamed gums and bones) are common outcomes of poor oral health. Periodontal (Gum) disease and mouth infections are common outcomes of poor oral health. However, the detrimental effects extend further to include very serious conditions such as heart disease and strokes.
Achieving optimal oral health is easily attainable. By booking and attending your six-monthly dental check-up appointments, we can perform a professional clean and remove tartar, educate you about ways to maintain oral health and complete a full dental assessment to diagnose any problems that require attention. By also maintaining a healthy daily oral care routine at home, you will create the best possible conditions to encourage a healthy mouth and body.
Here are some great oral hygiene habits that are often overlooked or forgotten:
- Brush the insides of your teeth, as well as the outside.
- Incorporate back and forth, as well as circular strokes.
- Don’t forget to brush your tongue.
- Floss every day – if it irritates your gums, you need to do it more often.
- Slide the floss under the gum, as well as up and down against your tooth.
- Rinse your mouth after flossing to remove any loosened debris.
- Drink water regularly to maintain healthy oral pH levels and wash away any remaining food particles and bacteria.