Oral Health Education
What is oral and dental hygiene?
Oral and dental hygiene refers to the practice of keeping your mouth healthy and clean by following regular and correct brushing and flossing routines. This helps to prevent the formation of plaque, which is the sticky film of bacteria that forms on the hard surfaces of teeth, leading to dental decay and gum disease.
What are the results of good dental hygiene?
A healthy-looking and odourless mouth, which comprises of:
•Clean and debris-free teeth.
•Pink gums that do not hurt or bleed while brushing or flossing.
•A mouth free from regular episodes of bad breath.
Tartar or calculus - Constant accumulation of plaque as a result of irregular brushing and flossing results in the hardening of plaque into a yellow or brown mineral deposit called tartar or calculus. As a result of its crusty and rough surface, teeth then become ideal locations for further plaque growth. Tartar leads to gum disease when it is formed below the gumline.
Preventive dentistry includes two aspects of dental care, both performed to help patients avoid dental disease or to catch it in its early, more treatable stages. In part, it is the oral hygiene care performed by the patient at home. Preventive dentistry also encompasses what is done by the dental staff in their offices to help patients maintain healthy teeth and gums. In either case, the objective is to stop the development of oral disease or to find it at an early stage. Dental health professionals most often look for early signs of periodontal disease, dental decay, and other changes in the soft tissue of the mouth that could lead to oral cancer.
Preventive procedures often performed by dentists for children include the use of fluoride supplements and applications. Dentists apply dental sealants to children's teeth, forming a barrier between tooth crevasses and bacteria to help ward off dental decay. Dental health professionals also look for malocclusions, and might refer patients to a dental specialist, such as an orthodontist, to correct a patient's bite.
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