Are you struggling to keep the bacteria in your teeth and gums under control? Is your oral hygiene maintenance taking a back seat? Laila – the full time, in house oral Hygienist at Dr Ebrahim Danka can help you with oral hygiene maintenance that helps your mouth to stay healthy.

What is oral hygiene?

Oral hygiene involves brushing and flossing your teeth and maintaining regular visits to your dentist. It is basically the practice of keeping your mouth and teeth clean and free of disease. Keeping regular appointments with Dr Danka for dental x-rays, routine oral exams, and teeth cleanings are crucial to preventing certain health conditions that have a negative impact on your teeth and gums.

What are the signs and symptoms of poor oral hygiene?

Look out for these warning signs. They could indicate you have poor oral hygiene:

  1. Toothache
  2. Tooth decay
  3. Gingivostomatitis – an oral infection inside your mouth caused by certain viruses or bacteria. It can result in mouth sores
  4. Bleeding gums
  5. Chronic bad breath
  6. Loose teeth
  7. Swelling of your jaw
  8. Receding gums

How can I Improve my Oral Hygiene?

An excellent customized oral hygiene maintenance routine helps to protect your teeth and gums against a variety of issues like tooth decay, sensitive teeth, gum disease, and more. Here are a few tips to keep your mouth healthy and your smile bright:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice daily: Use fluoride toothpaste as it protects teeth against decay. Combine this with a soft-bristled toothbrush that is less likely to damage your gums.
  • Floss once a day: Brushing alone does not reach the spaces between your teeth. It is important to use a dental floss as it removes food particles that a toothbrush sometimes cannot.
  • Brush your tongue: The presence of germs and bacteria on your tongue can lead to bad breath and periodontal disease. Brush your tongue daily using your toothbrush or a tongue scraper. It will enhance your taste and remove harmful odour-causing build-up.
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash: An antibacterial mouthwash helps prevent infection by inhibiting plaque build-up. Use your mouthwash every day to loosen hidden debris and food particles.
  • Avoid smoking: Smoking and other tobacco products increase your risk of developing oral cancer and gum disease. Avoid, or quit smoking altogether.
  • Decrease your sugar intake: Sugar attracts bacteria. Bacteria then use that sugar to produce acids that attack your enamel.
  • Maintain regular dentist visits: Routine dental exams are crucial in maintaining good oral health. Visits to your dentist twice a year helps to prevent a range of oral health issues. You will need more frequent visits if you are prone to gum disease, cavities, or other oral problems.

Our teeth are an important aspect of our appearance. It is therefore extremely important to take your oral health seriously. Speak to Dr Danka about personalising an oral health regimen that suits you.

What conditions can be linked to bad oral health?

Poor oral hygiene puts you at risk for a range of health conditions that include:    

  • Gingivitis – gum inflammation caused by plaque build-up on teeth.
  • Periodontitis – this is a gum disease that begins with bacterial growth in your mouth and spreads to the periodontal ligaments that attach the teeth to alveolar bone in the mouth
  • Oral cancer – also known as mouth cancer. This appears as a sore or growth in your mouth that does not go away. Tumours can develop on the surface of your tongue, the inside of your cheeks, your lips, or gums.
  • Chronic diseases – these can include diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • Stroke – if you have high levels of bacteria in your mouth, they can block the two carotid arteries in the neck — one on either side. This increases your risk of stroke.
  • Pregnancy complications – during pregnancy, high levels of estrogen and progesterone loosen the bones and tissues that keep your teeth in place.

Other health conditions that can have a negative impact on your teeth and gums include pneumonia, diabetes, and HIV/Aids.

The Importance of good Oral Hygiene

Putting a stop to oral health problems such as gum disease and cavities starts with preventative care. Taking good care of your teeth and gums contributes to your overall health and well-being. Good oral health is also vital to your physical and emotional well-being.

A good oral hygiene maintenance routine can have a positive impact on your appearance, your speech, and interpersonal relations. Daily brushing and flossing can keep bacteria under control and protect you from diseases caused by them. Your mouth is the gateway to your respiratory and digestive tracts so preventative care is imperative to keeping your whole body healthy

When should I see My Dentist?

You should visit Dr Danka immediately if it has been more than six months since your last appointment. He will examine your teeth and gums and recommend an oral hygiene regime that suits you. Be on the look-out for warning signs such as cavities, toothache, loose teeth, bleeding gums, or chronic bad breath.

Many oral conditions are preventable with early treatment. If you develop any of these symptoms, a dental consultation is crucial. Treating your oral health issues early can prevent more serious health problems in the future. Dr Danka is trained to spot these problems and suggest a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Why Choose Dr Danka as your Linden Dentist?

Dr Danka will recommend an oral hygiene routine that will save you time, money, and stress in the long run. Preventable dental care is by far more affordable than emergency dental care or even restorative dentistry. Dr Danka will help you to reduce the need for dental work such as fillings, dentures, crowns, or implants.

Regular visits to Dr Danka can also stop any problems and prevent them from developing into major health issues. He is committed to providing his patients with information that makes them proactive about their oral health. Book an appointment today and start enjoying a healthier mouth and a brighter smile.