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Why maintaining good dental hygiene is crucial?

A good dental hygiene is highly important for our overall well-being as neglecting oral care can result in various dental diseases. In this blog, we will look at why a good oral hygiene is important and how it can benefit our general health, coming from one of the best dental experts in India.

Dental Disease Prevention: By practising excellent dental hygiene, such as brushing twice a day, flossing on regular basis and seeing the dentist for check-ups every six months one can avoid dental illnesses such as cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. These illnesses can be painful, expensive to treat, and can even lead to more serious health problems. Cavities caused in our mouth produce acids that destroy the tooth enamel. These acids induce further deterioration. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing on regular basis helps remove plaque and bacteria, thus lowering the risk of cavities.

  • Boosting Self-Esteem: A healthy smile helps you to feel more confident and has a huge impact on self-esteem. Maintaining proper oral hygiene allows us to communicate successfully in social and professional contexts by ensuring fresh breath, white teeth and healthy gums. Brushing and flossing on regular basis removes food particles and plaque that can cause bad breath. Furthermore, going to the dentist for professional cleanings helps to eliminate persistent stains and plaque build-up, which improves the appearance of our teeth. This produces a healthy smile which is brighter and more appealing.
  • Bad Breath Prevention: 
  1. Bad breath is also known as Halitosis or oral malodour. It is an offensive odour originating from oral cavity, leading to anxiety and psychological embracement. 
  2. Poor oral hygiene can cause bacteria to accumulate in the mouth, resulting in bad breath. Cleaning our tongues, flossing to remove food debris and using mouthwash can help to eradicate bacteria and keep our breath fresh.
  • Other Health Advantages: Our oral health is inextricably tied to our overall health. Poor dental hygiene can lead to a variety of systemic disorders, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory infections and even pregnancy difficulties. Maintaining proper dental hygiene lowers the likelihood of various health problems.
  • Saving Money in the Long Run: Prevention is always better than cure. This is also true for dental health. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings can help to detect and address possible problems early on, and save us from expensive and time-consuming dental surgeries later on. Advanced dental problems that necessitate sophisticated and costly operations such as root canal treatment; dental implants or gum surgery can be avoided by prioritising regular dental check-ups 
  • Maintaining Good Gum Health: Periodontal disease, often known as gum disease, is a common ailment caused by poor oral hygiene. It can cause gum inflammation, gum recession and tooth loss. Plaque, the sticky film of germs that accumulates on the teeth and gums is removed by brushing and flossing. When plaque is not removed thoroughly, it hardens into tartar, which can only be removed by a dentist. Tartar accumulation along the gum line causes gum irritation and infection. Dental cleanings by dental surgeons on a regular basis eliminate tartar, lowering the risk of gum disease and promoting gum health.
  • Natural Tooth Preservation: Loss of natural teeth can have a substantial impact on our capacity to chew food appropriately thereby impacting our digestion and speech function. We can keep our natural teeth for a lifetime if we take care of our teeth and gums. This means that we can continue to eat our favourite meals and speak freely without feeling uncomfortable or embarrassed.

Good dental hygiene is important for our general health and well-being. We can improve our dental health by practising regular oral hygiene habits that can help us avoid dental illnesses, raise our self-esteem, avoid bad breath and enjoy the health benefits linked with good oral health. Remember that a healthy smile begins with a dedication to good oral hygiene. So, let us prioritise our oral health and incorporate it into our everyday routine because your smile is precious!

Dr. Ritika Malhotra, Head of the Department

Dental & Maxillofacial Surgery

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