Today we will talk about oral hygiene and its importance.

Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping one’s mouth clean and free of disease by regular brushing and cleaning of the mouth. In simple words we can say keeping clean your mouth regularly. It is important that oral hygiene be carried out on daily basis to be healthy and enjoy good life.

Here one important thing is that the process of digestion start from our mouth. If it is clean then healthy food will go to our stomach and the chances of illness will be less. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria easily develop and causes oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease.

Maintaining healthy oral hygiene as continues and demands lifetime care. Here are some important tips to maintain good oral health:

  • 1. Don’t go to bed without brushing your teeth.
  • 2. Brush your teeth properly by using fluoride toothpaste.
  • 3. Brush your teeth at least twice a day before going to bed at night and before breakfast in the morning.
  • 4. Floss daily.
  • 5. Use mouthwash to remove food particles left after brushing and flossing.
  • 6. Eat healthy diet and limit food with added sugars.
  • 7. Replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner if bristles are splayed or worn.
  • 8. Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings.
  • 9. Avoid tobacco use.

What are the effects of smoking on oral health?

It should be noted that those who smoke cigarettes are more likely to suffer from dental problems, such as bad breath, stained teeth, gum disease, loss of taste and smell, increased plaque and tartar buildup and an increased risk of oral cancer.

Bad breath and stained teeth are caused by the tar and nicotine that are found in cigarettes. The more serious detrimental problems, such as gum disease and oral cancer, stem from reduced blood circulation to the mouth that is caused by smoking.

It should also be noted that approximately 90% of those with cancer of the mouth or throat use or have used tobacco for a period of time. The good news is those who quit will benefit from a decreased risk of being diagnosed with oral cancer. And, they’ll also benefit from fresher breath, less teeth staining, better sense of taste and smell, and a reduced risk of gum disease.

Take care of your oral hygiene in order to have a healthy teeth and mouth.

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