Oral hygiene is one of the basic elements of overall hygiene. If your mouth is healthy then your body is more likely to remain healthy. If you have any concerns or questions your West London dentist will be more than happy to offer support and advice.
Oral hygiene is much more than simply brushing your teeth twice a day. You need to remember to floss at least once a day, preferably at the end of each. You also need to ensure that you are cleaning your tongue. Around 90% of the bacteria found in the mouth are located on the tongue itself. This can also be the cause of bad breath as food particles can get trapped at the back of the tongue.
When you brush your teeth spare a little time to massage the gums. This helps promote healthy gums and can help reduce the risk of gum disease and receding gums. Gum disease is the biggest cause of tooth loss in adults and is one of the most easily treated. As long as it is caught early enough a simple change in routine will be enough to reverse the condition. If this is not enough time there are other options that can be taken, which can counter the problem before teeth are lost.
It is also recommended to have your teeth professionally cleaned by either your dentist or an oral hygienist at least once a year. When your teeth are professionally cleaned it is not just the visible surfaces that are treated. They will use a high-pressured jet of water that can actually get below the gum line. This helps to clear out any plaque and bacteria that may be there, thus reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease.