Our teeth help us chew and pre-digest food, they help us to talk and speak clearly and they also give our face its shape. Interesting, right?
A smile has plenty of benefits also. It can give us self-confidence, as well as influence our social lives, careers and relationships and mood - so that's why it's important to have good oral hygiene.
↪️Why does oral hygiene matter?
Like other areas of the body, your mouth is filled with bacteria — mostly harmless. But your mouth is the entry point to your digestive and respiratory tracts, and some of these bacteria can cause disease. If you don't brush and floss regularly to maintain your teeth clean, plaque can build up along your gum line, creating an environment for additional bacteria to build up in the space between your gums and your teeth. This gum infection is known as gingivitis and, left unchecked can lead to a more serious gum infection called periodontitis.
↪️PearlyTips For Good Oral Hygiene
- Brush at least twice a day
- Don’t use tobacco products
- Eat healthy and avoid sugary snacks
- Chew sugarless gum
- Get regular dental exams
- Use mouthwash to remove food particles left after brushing and flossing.
If you didn't already have enough reasons to take good care of your mouth, teeth and gums, the relationship between your oral health and your overall health provides even more. Resolve to practice good oral hygiene every day. You're making an investment in your overall health, not just for now, but for the future, too.
Disclaimer: This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.