The Importance of Dental Hygiene

Good Dental hygiene is paramount in preventing bad breath, tooth decay, gum disease and could mean you keep your teeth for longer.

Our Dental Hygienist, Georgina Johnson, explains that there are 500 + species of bacteria in your mouth which form a sticky, colourless film which clings to the surfaces of your teeth, commonly known as plaque.  If dental plaque is not removed effectively it can build up in a thicker layer on your gum line and between your teeth. This can lead to dental caries and gum disease.

Gingivitis is the first type of gum disease. It is an inflammatory response to plaque in your mouth. Infected gums look red, swollen, and will bleed when they are cleaned. Gingivitis is completely reversible with good oral hygiene and regular visits to your dental hygienist.

If Gingivitis is not treated it could lead to a more severe type of gum disease known as Periodontitis. This is where plaque matures to a stage where it eats away at the supporting structures of teeth causing mobility and eventually tooth loss.

Periodontitis is not reversible but with help from your Dental Hygienist it is possible to stabilise the disease progression. To do so you must disrupt all the plaque in your mouth twice daily. Your Dental Hygienist can teach you the correct techniques and provide you with an oral hygiene routine to follow.

Georgina also explains that the consequences of poor brushing do not end there…

Research highlights there are links between oral infections and poorly controlled diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Diabetic patients are already at higher risk to developing gum disease but persistent chronic disease make diabetes more difficult to control and infections cause insulin resistant disrupting blood sugar control.

Patents with gum disease may also be at higher risk of cardiovascular disease due to bacteria in the mouth causing further inflammation throughout the body including the arteries. This puts patients at a higher risk of a heart attack or stroke.

As if you didn’t have enough reasons to take good care of your mouth!

By sticking to a good oral hygiene routine and visiting your Hygienist regularly you are making an investment into your overall health and ensuring you have a clean and healthy mouth.

Contact us today on 0113 8879594 to book an appointment with Georgina.

 

 

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