Thursday, December 2, 2010

Oral hygiene Facts

Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping the mouth and teeth clean to prevent dental problems, tooth decay and bad breath.
Teeth cleaning is the removal of plaque and tartar from teeth with the help of toothbrush.
Cleaning the tongue is a essential part of daily oral hygiene, it is removal of the white or yellow coating of bacteria, decaying food particles, dead cells from the surface of the tongue and some of the bacteria species which causes tooth decay and gum problems.
Massaging gums with toothbrush bristles is generally recommended for good oral hygiene. Flossing is recommended at least once per day, preferably before bed. It helps to prevent receding gums, gum disease, and cavities in between the teeth.
Mouthwash or mouth rinse improve oral hygiene. Dental chewing gums claim to improve dental health.


Recent clinical studies shows corelation between poor oral hygiene and serious systemic diseases:
  • Cardiovascular disease (heart attack and stroke)
  • Bacterial pneumonia
  • Low birth weight/extreme high birth weight
  • Diabetes complications
  • Osteoporosis

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