The Importance of Dental Hygiene

There are many different aspects of our health which contribute to the quality of our lives, the length of our life span and the impression we make on people. Someone in good health will come across as well, attractive and energetic, while experiencing a longer life and greater resistance to bacteria. To achieve this they must consider the multiple variables that contribute to their overall health.

Dental hygiene is one such area of our health and there are many reasons that this is very important. The most obvious advantage of maintaining good dental hygiene is of course the fact that it can prevent us from losing teeth or having them deteriorate. If we brush our teeth regularly with a clean brush and a good toothpaste, we can prevent them from building up in plaque or from developing an abscess. This then prevents us experiencing tooth ache, teeth that are sensitive to temperature or sugar, from having to have black fillings, or from having to have teeth completely removed. This then can drastically affect your looks and your well being which in turn will affect how you feel about yourself and your happiness. It will affect how others treat you and it can mean the difference between having to have a painful procedure whereby your teeth are removed and you potentially even have a new fake-tooth screwed in (this process is known as having a dental implant). Similarly not regularly looking after dental hygiene can cause your teeth to become stained or marked. For example excessive tea consumption without brushing or washing your teeth can result in them becoming stained. In looking less white they can make you look less healthy and vibrant and be less eye catching.

At the same time though your teeth can affect other aspects of your health. Of course our mouth is a place which provides direct access to our stomach and through that to our blood stream. Thus it is a prime location for picking up infections or having unfavourable reactions if we should consume bacteria or off food. At the same time it’s also a warm and moist area which provides an absolutely perfect breading ground for bacteria and viruses. Thus dental hygiene and oral hygiene are vital in order to prevent bacteria from gathering in your mouth and from infecting you. If you don’t brush regularly in other words, then you will leave yourself vulnerable to infection and viruses.

Finally, the fact that you have a mouth full of bacteria won’t just put you at risk of illness caused by the bacteria, but will also leave your body subdued and tired. The mere existence of the bacteria in your mouth here will cause your body to be under consistent attack from bacteria and it will be the job of your immune system to fight this off. As such you will find yourself feeling more tired and being more receptive to attacks from other sources – a lack of dental hygiene has even been associated with increased chance of developing cancer!