Our overall health isn’t just about eating the right foods and exercising says a W1 London dentist. Our mental attitude as well as our physical being is important to us, and we need to do all we can to keep both in pristine condition. However, not many of us are aware that oral hygiene can have an effect on us if it isn’t done properly. Bad breath is just one aspect of a poor oral hygiene program, gum diseases like Gingivitis can cause us discomfort in the mouth and give us a bad smile. This in turn will make us shy away from people and can in extreme cases make us to be anti-social. On top of that bacteria can leak into our blood supply and cause us other problems like liver and heart disease. All that is required is that we have a regular and tried and tested method of keeping our teeth clean, and free from the causes of gum disease. This can be easily achieved by a regimented routine throughout the day, and not just a quick brush and rinse first thing in the morning and last thing at night. During the day we eat brunch and often have a sandwich with a hot or cold drink, food residue gets trapped in between teeth and drinks contain sugars, both of which give bad bacteria the material to produce acid. This in turn eats away at the enamel and gums, then the bacteria gets inside the teeth and gums and causes infections. Just spending a little more time during the day, to control the food residue in our mouths, will go a long way to helping our overall health. We’ll end up smiling more, being more energetic and feeling much better all round. All it takes is a little time to floss and rinse the mouth during the daytime, drinking water throughout the day will help a lot.