Almost everyone remembers from their childhood, their parent’s continual question, “Have you brushed your teeth?” As we grew, we realized that there was a very good reason for this. Our parents knew of the importance of brushing our teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day, to keep our teeth clean and healthy.
There are also other reasons for brushing and flossing beyond the condition of our teeth. The obvious results of poor dental hygiene are of course gum disease, tooth decay, tooth loss, bad breath and tooth loss. A regular check-up by your dentist is also imperative in preventing these conditions.
Gum disease is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that is constantly building up on our teeth. Plaque forms as a result of the interaction of bacteria in your mouth and the starches and sugars in the food you eat. If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, you could be on the way to having gingivitis, the milder form of gum disease. The symptoms of this are red, swollen and sore gums which bleed easily. Brushing and flossing regularly will remove the plaque, but it constantly reforms.
The more severe form of gum disease is periodontitis, an inflammation of the tissues around your teeth. Damage to the soft tissue and bone around the teeth, causing shrinkage of the gums and tooth loss, is the result of this condition.
A build up of plaque is also the main cause of tooth decay, known as caries. The acid in the plaque eats through the tooth enamel, allowing bacteria to reach the dentin underneath. The rate of decay is then greatly increased as dentin is softer than enamel.
Bad breath is also caused by the neglect of oral hygiene. Food particles which are left stuck to the teeth, will begin to cause an unpleasant odor. Most cases of bad breath can be cured simply by brushing and flossing regularly. This is not really hard to do, even for very busy people.
The formation of cavities and untreated gum disease will mostly always eventually result in the loss of some teeth. The shrinkage of tissues around your teeth, caused by periodontal disease will cause teeth to loosen, and fall out.
Regular visits to your dentist and brushing and flossing will help to prevent all these conditions, keep your mouth healthy and attractive, and improve your general health as well.
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