Dental hygiene is essential for avoiding serious dental problems, as well as bad breath. Simple dental hygiene routines such as regular brushing, flossing and using a mouthwash can help prevent cavities (caries), gingivitis (bleeding gums), periodontitis (gum disease) and halitosis (bad breath).
But regular dental hygiene isn’t limited to promoting dental or oral health. It also can effectively help prevent serious health conditions such as bacterial pneumonia, stroke and heart disease, and lessen the effects of diabetes.
Women should also take special care and therefore book an appointment for hygiene before and during pregnancy.
Periodontal Disease (Periodontitis)
Periodontal disease occurs when infected or inflamed gums are left untreated or if treatment is delayed. The progression of gingivitis can cause periodontal disease. This, in turn, causes the teeth to loosen and eventually fall out. While periodontitis is irreversible, you can halt its progression by visiting your dentist regularly and following the dentists oral hygiene instructions. Smoking is a leading risk factor of periodontal disease.
Bad breath; technically called halitosis, is a common condition that is caused by sulphur producing bacteria living and breeding on the surface of the tongue and in the throat.
80% of bad breath is down to poor oral hygiene. That’s why good oral hygiene, including daily brushing, flossing, tongue cleaning and the use of mouthwash, will help eliminate the bacteria that cause halitosis.