Oral Hygiene

What is Oral Hygiene?

Oral hygiene is all about avoiding potential dental problems and bad breath by following simple procedures such as regular and routine cleaning. This routine cleaning involves regular and correct brushing, flossing and tongue cleaning. These use of these procedures regularly will enable individuals maintain good oral hygiene and mitigates problems of dental cavities, gingivitis, periodontal (gum) diseases, bad breath and prevention of plaque. In addition, limiting the consumption harmful foods such as sugar, soft drinks as well habits like smoking are all important to maintain a good oral hygiene.

However, very few people are able maintain a proper oral hygiene or practice perfect plaque control at home. This usually results in the presence of bacterial plaque around teeth and gums. Their presence is causes both tooth decay, periodontal diseases and bad breath.

The common symptoms of improper dental hygiene involves bleeding or painful gums, bad breath, widening gaps between the teeth and presence of yellow or brown coloured deposits on teeth. It is therefore recommended to have these plaque and deposits removed professionally on a regular basis (6 months – 1 year) to prevent these diseases – hence the 6 monthly reminders from your dentists!!!.