Oral Hygiene and the Risks.

Published by Jason Finch

What is oral hygiene?

Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping your mouth, teeth and gums clean and healthy to prevent dental problems by removing plaque and bacteria.

It can cause a number of complications including:

  • Gum disease – Gum disease is caused by a build-up of plaque on the teeth. Plaque is a sticky substance that contains bacteria, which forms when you eat and drink.
  • Tooth loss – A process in which one or more teeth come loose and fall out. Losing teeth is mainly caused by a result of injury or disease, such as mouth trauma, tooth injury, tooth decay, and gum disease. The condition of being toothless or missing one or more teeth is called edentulism.
  • Tooth decay –  The acids in your mouth dissolve the outer layers of your teeth. It can also be called dental decay or dental caries. Over time symptoms of tooth decay include: Toothache, pain when eating or drinking and visible colored spotImages on your teeth.
  • Tartar/calculus – Tartar or Calculus is a form of hardened dental plaque. It is caused by the continual accumulation of minerals from saliva on plaque on the teeth. Its rough surface provides an ideal medium for further plaque formation, threatening the health of the gums.

How can it be prevented?

To minimize these problems it can include brushing the teeth, flossing, cleaning the tongue and visiting your dentist on a regular basis. Most people should visit there dentist at least twice a year, though those who have an increased risk of oral disease, such as tobacco users should visit more frequently.

Below is a list on how you can decrease the chances of developing poor oral hygiene:

  • Brushing thoroughly twice a day and flossing daily
  • Eating a balanced diet and limiting snacks between meals
  • Using dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste
  • Rinsing with a fluoride mouth rinse if your dentist tells you to

Are you over using mouthwash?Image

It may seem to most people that over using mouthwash is harmless but according to evidence found it is increasing the risk of developing mouth and throat cancer.

Researchers have discovered that mouth washers exceeding more than 3 rinses per day may increase there chances of developing mouth and throat cancer.

People with poor oral health, including those with dentures and persistently bleeding gums, were at greater risk. It has also been said that people shouldn’t use mouth wash as a regular routine.

There are occasions and conditions for which your dentist could prescribe you with mouthwash, it could be low salivary flow because of a particular condition or medicine that you have been taking. People who smoke and consume more than 3 units of alcohol per day are also at a high risk of developing mouth and throat cancer.

Oral hygiene products

Here is a list of products that could help prevent your chances of developing poor oral hygiene:

Bonjela gel helps to relief pain associated with mouth ulcer, inflammation, infections, denture sores, and mouth ulcer – Click here for more information

Oraldene antibacterial mouthwash soothing antibacterial and anti fungal action. – Click here for more information
Corsodyl Alcohol Free Mouthwash Specially formulated alcohol free mouth – Click here for more information
Corsodyl Daily Gum Toothpaste produces healthy teeth and gums – Click here for more information
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