As kids, we were taught to go to bed early because that made us healthy, wealthy and wise. With it, we were also told to brush our teeth twice daily, once when we get up and another, before going to bed. Otherwise, the dentist becomes our best friend as our teeth fight cavities, tooth decay, gum infection and bad breath.
General dental hygiene is just not a fad. Studies reveal a lot of unexpected health complications due to poor dental hygiene. There’s a link between Alzheimer’s disease and gum inflammation, pancreatic cancer and gum disease, bleeding gums and heart disease, digestion problems, etc.
Today, statistics reveal dental cavities and tooth decay as one of the most common childhood medical diseases. Cavities which begin painless usually happen due to gradual tooth decay as a result of plaque build-up and breakdown of the protective enamel. If untreated, they expose the teeth and the nerved to further infection and pain resulting in complicated and expensive treatments later. Hardened plaque if not removed on time becomes tarter that can lead to inflammation and bleeding of the gums called gingivitis.
Proper and simple dental hygiene can significantly reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Regular dental consultation can reduce inflammation issues. A lot of state agencies have begun adding fluoride to drinking water to arrest the loss of enamel but regular consumption of bottled water and home RO systems is reviving cavities in children because bottled water in most cases lacks fluoride.
Dental hygiene needs to start early in childhood, as young as 6 months of age to counter early child cavities due to consumption of sugary liquids, sweets and frequent snacks. Oral hygiene is more than just mere brushing and flossing. The mouth is one of the dirtiest places of the body. An unhealthy mouth would mean more trouble for the body. A rigorous daily oral regime coupled with regular dental check-up can reduce pain and recurrent expenditure – and that includes, proper brushing, rinsing, gargling and flossing with good quality oral products.
A lot goes into the making of a healthy smile. Eating a healthy and balanced diet and avoiding cigarettes and tobacco will ensure you have great dental health. Good dental hygiene mirrors your inner health.