A healthy mouth is a gateway to a healthy body. One cannot have a healthy body if he has an unhealthy oral cavity. If not kept clean, there is a layer of bacteria that deposits on the tooth surface. If left uncleaned, these further lead to dental caries and gum diseases. These bacteria can travel from the mouth to other organs of the body and affect other systems also, like, the endocrinal system, the cardiovascular system and vital organs like brain and lungs.
In order to avoid all such things, it is always better to keep the teeth clean by maintaining good oral hygiene habits. A complete oral hygiene care includes performing tooth brushing, dental flossing, tongue cleaning and using a mouth wash twice daily. Along with these, a regular dental checkup every 6 months helps your dentist diagnose even minor changes in the oral cavity. If this regimen is followed religiously, almost all dental diseases can be prevented or intercepted at an early stage.
Tooth brushing is considered to be the mainstay of oral hygiene maintenance. Tooth pastes contain abrasive agents which remove the bacterial layer, making the tooth surface smooth and shiny. They also have flavoring agents which render a fresh breath. Using an ultrasoft or a soft tooth brush helps keep the teeth and gums healthy. Dental floss is a highly under-rated tooth cleaning aid. If not used, 35% of tooth surfaces remain uncleaned. Mouth washes contain antibacterial substances, in addition to breath freshening agents. These then help kill the bacteria present on the tooth surface and freshen the breath. Tongue cleaning helps remove bacteria and deposits from the tongue surface. These deposits on the tongue are responsible for bad mouth odor.
If proper oral hygiene is followed, same habits can be inculcated in kids also since kids pick up good and bad habits from their parents very easily.
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