Practicing good oral hygiene isn’t just important to help maintain a healthy smile. Proper oral care helps to ensure good oral health and your overall health.
The best way to ensure good oral health and make sure you are practicing good oral hygiene techniques is to see your dentist on a regular basis. Daily brushing and flossing are essential to maintain oral health, removing food debris and plaque and reducing the likelihood of developing cavities, gum disease and gingivitis.
Many people wrongly assume they don’t need to floss because they don’t get food caught between their teeth. Daily flossing removes food residues that may not be visible between teeth, and also removes the plaque that builds up on the tooth surface. Plaque forms when bacteria adhere to food debris on teeth and form a thin film that may not be visible. Plaque is associated with tooth decay, and if not removed can harden into tartar which can lead to gingivitis (inflamed gums), and periodontal disease.
More information on dental care and maintaining good oral health can be found here:
Canadian dental association www.cda-adc.ca
Oral Health – Healthy Living. Health Canada www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/oral-bucco/index-eng.php
Canadian Dental Hygienists Association www.cdha.ca
Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry www.capd-acdp.org