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Benefits of good oral hygiene!

Posted in: Blog, by harpenden, on 7th February 2018 | 0 comments

There are so many benefits of having good oral hygiene, not only does it mean you have fresh breath, healthy gums and teeth, but recent studies have also shown that good oral hygiene is related to our overall health and wellbeing. An unhealthy mouth, especially if it has gum disease, may increase the risk of a person suffering problems such as strokes, heart attacks and diabetes.

Regular, six-monthly hygienist appointments should be part of your good oral hygiene regime. Your hygienist will remove plaque and tartar buildup and general stains from your teeth. They will give them a scale and polish, which creates a lovely silky feeling when they’ve finished.

Let’s explore further some of the reasons why having good oral hygiene is so important.

Save money – looking after your teeth and having regular hygienist appointments can prevent further expensive dental treatment bills from occurring as prevention is better than cure.

Prevents gum disease – with regular hygiene appointments, gingivitis can be minimised. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and is caused by plaque build-up, which leads to gum inflammation and bleeding gums. The second stage of gum disease is known as periodontis and this is where the plaque and caculus can be found below the gum line. Pockets are formed as the gums pull away from the teeth. These pockets are perfect for bacteria and food debris to get trapped in, which causes further decay and a foul smelling odour.

Fresh breath – your mouth needs to be cleaned twice a day and regular six monthly hygiene appointments are seen as your regular deep clean. This will help to keep your breath fresh.

Reduce your chances of stroke or heart disease – studies have shown that bacteria from the mouth can find its way into your bloodstream, which can, in turn, increase your risk of heart disease or suffering from a stroke.

Minimise chances of diabetes – there are links between serious gum disease and diabetes. High blood sugar levels damage blood vessels and this reduces the supply of oxygen and nourishment to the gums, which can make infections of the gums and bones more likely.

Direct Access Hygiene

Following a change to practice law from the General Dental Council in 2013, you no longer need to see a dentist first before you can see a hygienist. We have direct access visits to Laura, our hygienist, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and alternate Mondays and Saturdays.

Please call the practice on 01582 763 420 to make your appointment.


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