When most people think of dental hygiene, or oral hygiene, they immediately focus their thoughts on tooth health. But the fact is, dental hygiene is no less critical to periodontal (gum) health.
Most of us have heard of the importance of regular brushing, flossing, and general oral care from the time we were children. And yet, we may not have given much thought to the many benefits of good dental hygiene, apart from the prevention of cavities.
Your oral and dental hygiene affects your overall health in many ways we are only beginning to understand. Recent studies, for example, show the importance of a healthy mouth, teeth, and gums in preventing or managing diabetes, the connection between oral health and heart health, the way that periodontal inflammations can lead to inflammations in other parts of your body, and more.
While the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene at home cannot be stressed enough, it is also crucial that you periodically get help with your dental hygiene from dental professionals.
The abundance of breath mints and breath-taming chewing gums for sale in the average supermarket checkout line testify to the prevalence of bad breath in our society. But if you suffer from chronically bad breath, it can even start affecting your relationships.