Article Side

Online Article Directory!

Hello Guest! Login or Register to submit articles!

The Importance of Maintaining Oral Hygiene the Right Way

By Randy Collins Subscribe to RSS | January 20th 2012 | Views:

Most of us do not care to bother about our teeth. A perfunctory brushing of the teeth makes us believe all is going to be well. However, it is important to practice good oral hygiene in order to prevent dental problems like gingivitis and bad breath. Moreover, there are certain oral pathological conditions where good oral hygiene is essential for the healing and regeneration of tissues.

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums surrounding the teeth. The tissues surrounding the teeth called the periodontium are affected. The infection can extend from the tissues to the bone as well. The main cause for this is bacteria present in the mouth. Though generally bacteria present in the other parts of the body serve as protective agents, the bacteria present in the mouth work exactly the opposite. The warmth and moisture present in the mouth are in great favor for the breeding of bacteria. To top it the constant food supply ensures a permanent home for the bacteria. It is only the body's immune system that helps in having some sort of control over the proliferation of the bacteria in the mouth. Though the exact cause for bacterial infection of the gums is difficult to predict, the most likely cause is the formation and accumulation of plaque in between the teeth. People already suffering from illnesses like diabetes, leukemia and HIV are also prone to be attacked by bacteria leading to gingivitis.

The mouth needs to be kept clean in order to help in healing conditions like gingivitis, periodontitis and dental trauma. Periodontitis is nothing but the advanced stage of gingivitis when the infection becomes serious and affects the gums and bones and causes them to erode. This could result in the need to have the troublesome tooth extracted. Smoking is an important cause that can increase the risk of contracting gum diseases. Besides genetic causes hormonal changes in girls and young women may also cause gingivitis.

Brushing thoroughly twice a day and flossing once daily will go a long way in keeping the mouth and teeth free from infections. Bad breath, which can be really embarrassing, can be avoided totally if the mouth is kept free of debris. The color of the gums needs to be pink and not purple or blackish blue. Eating a balanced diet and avoiding snacks between meals would certainly help. Using dental creams and mouthwashes containing fluoride is very important as it helps in preventing tooth decay. Intake of vitamin D and Calcium would help in maintaining a healthy and strong set of teeth and gums. Copper, zinc, iodine, iron and potassium are also essential for good oral health and these are found in our every day food. It important that children below the age of 12 drink fluoridated water or are given a fluoride supplement in some form.

Brushing twice daily with each session lasting not less than 2 to 3 minutes is important. Rinsing after every meal ensures that stubborn food particles are removed as even a small particle of food left in the mouth for hours together is an excellent host for a horde of bacteria. For those who wear braces, interdental aids need to be tried. Ignoring dental disorders could leave to irreparable damage and other complications as well. Refraining from smoking and limiting alcohol intake would also help. Visiting your dentist once in six months is a must. Those with implants could go for special cleaning aids specifically meant for the same. It would be a great idea to avoid junk food and never bite your nails notwithstanding however nervous you are.

A perfect set of teeth are essential not only for the basic need of chewing food thoroughly, they enhance a person's confidence level and shed all inhibitions. Let us all strive towards maintaining good oral hygiene and enjoy life the way it should be.

Randy Collins - About Author:
Randy Collins is a freelance author who believes that leading a healthy life needs to take priority over all other things in life. He keenly watches related programs on Dish TV Packages and believes in spreading awareness.

Share on Facebook Tweet It Stumbleupon this post This post is delicious !

Article Source:

Related Health Articles Subscribe to RSS

Face Exercise Revitalizes Exhausted Skin
Published by Tedd Woods on May 24th 2012 | Health
Tired epidermis comes in many forms. It can be creased, dry, greyish and inactive. Without a doubt e...
How Couples Counseling Can Help Your Relationship
Published by Camilla Devreut on February 20th 2012 | Health
With the high rate of divorce and break ups in our society today, couples counseling is highly neede...
Information About Dental Implants
Published by Roya Zojaji on January 31st 2012 | Health
Dental implants can be very frightening for most people. The reason is that this type of medical pro...
Causes and Simple Home Remedies for Snoring
Published by Cody on February 21st 2012 | Health
People who have blocked nose are more likely to snore in the night in addition to the people who hav...
Oral B VS Sonicare
Published by Jonathan Logan on February 19th 2012 | Health
The Oral B VS sonicare debate has been going on for a long time now, but it is unfair to compare an ...
Having the Ear to Hear
Published by Anthea Williams on July 12th 2012 | Health
A hearing aid can be defined as an electroacoustic device designed to fit in or behind the wearer's ...
Sciatica Stretches That Help Cure Sciatica
Published by Simona on January 6th 2012 | Health
There are a number of treatment options to cure sciatica. However, the sciatica stretches are the m...
Singapore Medical Tourist Arrivals, Medical Tourism Market & Forecast to 2015
Published by Bharatbook on July 11th 2012 | Health introduces a report "Singapore Medical Tourist Arrivals, Medical Tourism Market & For...
Laser Eye surgery in Birmingham-offering best possible services!
Published by John Smith on November 30th 2011 | Health
Laser in situ keratomileusis or commonly referred to as LASIK has gained lot of popularity in past f...
Advice from the Coral Springs Dentist: Smoking and Your Oral Health
Published by Michael Smith on May 10th 2012 | Health
This article explains how smoking damages your teeth and gums and puts you at a higher risk of perio...
All about PG medical studies
Published by Ravinder on January 27th 2012 | Health
Students aspiring for PG higher medical education have to take many difficult medical entrance exami...
Caring for Geriatric Patients
Published by Carrie Kiekhaefer on January 11th 2012 | Health
Sometimes it's the little things that can make all the difference. Often overlooked by nurses, but p...
Make accurate hospital price comparisons with up to date hospital data
Published by Saurabh Pandey on December 3rd 2011 | Health
Gone are the days when hospital price comparisons and benchmarking was optional but with the changes...
Creatine Offers Cellular Energy
Published by Julia Roger on July 10th 2012 | Health
Without help of such nutrition, it will become almost impossible for the athlete to remain in good s...
Ways in Which Mild Bleeding can be Stopped During First Aid
Published by Alice Merry on January 17th 2012 | Health
Considering the rate at which people get injured it is beneficial to know how to stop mild bleeding....
The Safe and Beneficial Methods to Be Like an Angel
Published by Terry Bayer on May 1st 2012 | Health
A lovely individual clothed in white and surrounded by the gleam of a radiant light-this is the very...
Surgical Loupes
Published by Surgical on February 1st 2012 | Health
Surgical Loupes help to alleviate eye strain by enlarging the image when you are working on tiny sub...
How to Get Rid of Bad Breath
Published by Mitchell Davis on March 28th 2012 | Health
Bad breath odors depend on the cause of the bad breath. It creates embarrassing situations for the p...
Coach Effectiveness: Helping More People to Become More Physically Active
Published by Evelina Howe on July 6th 2012 | Health
Everyone must exercise. It effectively keeps your mind active and alert and your body in good condit...
Do You Wish to Become a Physician Assistant?
Published by Ellenmortin on August 7th 2012 | Health
Physician assisting is growing as one of the best fields offering a good career opportunity....
Skin care specialist- the best person to help get flawless and beautiful skin
Published by Louise Carala on August 25th 2012 | Health
Skin care specialist in Houston is well skilled to treat patients with even the worst skin disease t...
Various options for the treatment of bronchititis
Published by Justin Bieber on August 25th 2012 | Health
Bronchitis is a problem of the chest in which the walls of the bronchial tubes get inflamed. This pr...
Essentials of eye care
Published by Justin Bieber on August 25th 2012 | Health
All our body parts need care for their normal functioning. In the same way our eyes also need care a...
Probiotic Supplements - How to Choose the Best
Published by Marvin Ferris on August 25th 2012 | Health
The leading probiotic supplements are going to provide you with all of the right ingredients. You sh...
Teeth Whitening Manchester - Procedures for Effective Solution
Published by Julia Roger on August 25th 2012 | Health
Coming to the home remedies recommended by Teeth Whitening Liverpool service providers, using orange...
Spiritual Coaching- Get Enlightened with the Help of a Spiritual Coach
Published by Julia Roger on August 25th 2012 | Health
The main motto of spiritual coaching is to tune a person into the spiritual expedition. A spiritual ...