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Oral hygiene is the practice of regular brushing and flossing of human teeth. It involves taking measures to keep the teeth free from decay. It is highly recommended that everyone goes for dental exams at least twice a year in order to maintain good oral health.

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Most people are not informed but good oral hygiene is vital to a parson’s overall well-being. Research has proven that when an oral disease is left untreated, the patient in question is at risk of other life-threatening health conditions. Therefore, it is important for everyone to maintain good oral hygiene.

The real purpose of oral hygiene is to make sure that there is no plaque buildup in your mouth that may cause tooth decay or gum infection. Below are the reasons why oral hygiene is important:

It Affects Your Overall Health

You have been told that your mouth is the door to your body. People who have periodontal disease are at a greater risk of having heart disease. This is because a periodontal disease will increase your body’s burden of inflammation. When this inflammation is chronic, the other parts of the body will be affected. Poor oral hygiene can cause the following: diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, bacterial pneumonia, cancer, sepsis, etc. A clean set of teeth and a mouth kept clean can help prevent the risks of health complications.

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Detection of Oral Diseases

A regular visit to the Dentist for dental examinations and cleaning can help provide early information on any hidden oral conditions or health complications caused by oral disease you might be suffering from.

Say No to Tooth Loss

For both children and adults, tooth loss is the most common dental problem, and it happens due to poor dental hygiene. When they are a buildup of plaque, one might suffer from tooth decay or gum infection which may result in tooth loss. Regular and proper brushing of the teeth and flossing can help reduce plaque buildup. Scheduling professional dental cleaning once every six months is necessary to ensure good oral hygiene by ensuring that the molars inside your mouth are plaque and tartar-free.

To Have A Whiter and Brighter Smile

Good oral hygiene affords you the confidence to flash those teeth of yours. If you are in need of a healthy smile, then you must practice good oral hygiene every day. You can make this happen by keeping your teeth plaque-free.

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Some helpful tips to ensure and maintain good oral hygiene:
  • Eat healthy foods and avoid sugary snacks.
  • Avoid the use of tobacco products.
  • Eat more fruits.
  • Rinse your mouth with water after meals or chew sugarless gum.
  • Floss regularly.
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day or after every meal.
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This article was first published on 30th May 2022


Ohia, Ernest Chigaemezu is a writer, editor, and grade teacher based in Jos, Nigeria.

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