Oral hygiene: what it is, what it does, and why it’s important
Oral hygiene is a branch of dentistry that is dedicated to the prevention of oral diseases. It is essential for maintaining a healthy and beautiful mouth, preventing problems such as cavities, gingivitis, periodontitis, bad breath, and others.
What is oral hygiene?
Oral hygiene is a set of practices that aim to remove bacterial plaque and biofilm that accumulates on the surface of the teeth and gums. Plaque is composed of bacteria, saliva, food debris, and other elements. If it is not removed regularly, it can lead to the formation of cavities and gingivitis, which are the most common oral diseases.
What is oral hygiene for?
Oral hygiene prevents and treats oral diseases. Good oral hygiene helps to:
- Keep teeth clean and healthy
- Prevent cavities
- Prevent gingivitis and periodontitis
- Reduce the risk of bad breath
- Improve the aesthetic appearance of the mouth
Why is oral hygiene important?
Oral hygiene is important for maintaining overall good health. A healthy mouth is essential for good digestion, speech (diction), and breathing. In addition, a healthy mouth can contribute to self-esteem and confidence.
Schedule your oral hygiene appointment today and ensure a healthy and beautiful mouth for many years!
Other useful information
Daily oral hygiene should be done regularly, at least twice a day, with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. It is also important to use floss daily to remove plaque between the teeth.
In addition to daily oral hygiene, it is important to visit your Dental Hygienist regularly for professional cleanings (scaling and polishing). Professional cleanings remove accumulated plaque and tartar, which cannot be removed with a toothbrush and floss.
Oral hygiene is an investment in your health and well-being. With good oral hygiene habits, you will prevent oral problems and have a healthy and beautiful mouth for many years.
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