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Dental Health is an essential part of our daily routine. Healthy teeth and gums provide us with a good basis of a smile that in tune increases our confidence levels. While gum disease and tooth decay can lead to self consciousness and low self esteem.

The 3 components that should form the basis of your general oral in home hygiene plan are: teeth cleaning
Tooth Brushing:  Brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste is arguably the most essential component to the maintenance of good oral health. Tooth brushing cleans and whitens your teeth, while helping prevent the onset of tooth decay and gum disease, one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. Removing tooth stains and avoiding bad breath are added benefits of tooth brushing.
Oral rinses: This is a liquid solution that is secondary to bruching and flossing that is swished around the mouth to help promote oral hygiene, reduce oral discomfort and help with bad breath.
Dental Flossing: This is essential practice to remove food substance that gets stuck in between teeth which helps avoid gum disease and tooth decay. Tooth brushing alone is not adequate for the removal of plaque.
This is supplement by the:
 
Dental examination with mirrorDental Examination: - The dental examination is a systematic process during which your dentist will investigate many facets of your oral and systemic health in order to identify pathologies or concerns and develop a uniquely customized treatment plan that is catered towards maximizing your oral health while meeting your goals and expectations.
 

Maintaining a balanced and proper diet is essential for good oral hygiene. When and how often you consume certain foods and beverages affects not only your general health but the health of your teeth and gums. Eating patterns particularly in children are important factors that affect how quickly teeth can become decayed. The more often you eat and the length of time food spends in your mouth the more potential damage to the teeth. Some particular food groups like sugars cause more damage that others while certain beverages such as coffee can cause staining.

Below are some tips on general diet and oral health issues.
 Fluoride: Widespread availability of fluoride has greatly diminished tooth decay. Fluoride makes teeth stronger that help prevents initiation of dental caries and tooth decay resulting from acid contained in sugars and the breakdown of carbohydrates.
Oral and general health: Failure to adequately care for your teeth and gums can result in the development of far more serious problems than gum disease. Studies suggest a number of secondary health issues can be the result of poor hygiene.
The eating disorder affect: Eating disorders generally affect women as oppose to men. Whatever the eating disorder the body becomes deprived of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals essential for maintaining not only good general health but also healthy teeth and gums. Research has shown self induce vomiting can seriously increase the breakdown of a tooth’s structure.
Oral health and pregnancy: Expectant mothers have unique considerations when it comes to dental care. Failure to adequately care for your oral health during pregnancy can have serious consequences for you and your child. Your teeth and gums are more susceptible to bacterial accumulation during pregnancy due to an associated increase in hormone levels. It is important to properly care for your teeth before, during and after pregnancy to safeguard your oral health and that of your unborn child.
 
Smoking and Dental Care: Cigarette smoking is a leading cause of tooth loss and smoking increases your risk of gum disease, loss of bone structure, inflammation of the salivary gland, leukoplakia (precancerous condition) and development of lung, throat or oral cancer. Furthermore, smoking is associated with a slower healing process following dental work, and a lower rate of success for procedures such as dental implants.
In order to help prevent tooth and gum decay dentist can also recommend
Dental Sealants: Sealants offer a protective plastic coating that covers the surfaces of teeth to help prevent tooth decay.
 
Occlusion: This is looking at the process of how chewing or biting forces can affect the breakdown of teeth, gums, muscles and joints.