Are you fighting a losing battle against plaque and tartar build-up on your teeth? Do you desperately need help maintaining good oral health? Dr Danka can help you by providing oral hygiene maintenance services designed to keep your mouth, teeth, and gums, healthy and strong. Contact our Bedfordview Oral Hygienist

What is oral hygiene?

Oral hygiene is the practice of brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist regularly. This helps to keep your mouth healthy, clean, and disease-free. Maintaining regular appointments with Dr Danka is crucial to the overall health of your mouth. When dental x-rays, oral exams, and teeth cleanings are done, you can be assured that your risk of oral diseases is dramatically reduced.

Poor oral hygiene symptoms you should not ignore

There are a few warning signs that indicate you may have a poor oral health routine. The following should not be ignored:

  • Toothache – especially if it results in fever, swelling, and headache
  • Tooth decay – especially if it causes chewing problems or an abscess
  • Gingivostomatitis – do not ignore this oral infection as it can lead to gum (periodontal) disease
  • Bleeding gums – this will lead to a condition called gingivitis, or inflamed gums.
  • Chronic bad breath – this is a warning sign of gum disease
  • Loose teeth – this condition can worsen over time causing gum and root damage
  • Swelling of your jaw – this is a possible sign that you may have a viral infection
  • Receding gums – this condition makes it easy for bacteria to build up

What can I do to improve my Oral Hygiene?

Adopting an oral hygiene maintenance routine and sticking to it is the first step to ensuring healthy teeth and gums. Preventing issues such as tooth decay and gum disease can be done by:

  • Brushing your teeth at least twice a day: We suggest you use a fluoride toothpaste. It strengthens enamel and protects your teeth against decay.
  • Floss once a day: Flossing removes particles between your teeth that a toothbrush may not be able to reach.
  • Brush or scrape your tongue: Your tongue is a breeding ground for bacteria so brushing it daily is imperative. It removes the harmful bacteria that can lead to bad breath.
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash: A mouthwash loosens hidden food particles making it easier to brush and floss. Antibacterial mouthwashes prevent infection and inhibit plaque build-up.
  • Stop or avoid smoking: The risk of developing oral cancer is greater among smokers than non-smokers.
  • Cut down on sugar: Sugar is another bacteria magnet. It interacts with bacteria to produce acids responsible for tooth decay.
  • Visit your dentist regularly: Visits to your dentist twice a year will help to prevent many oral health issues. Your dentist will recommend more frequent visits if your problems could lead to serious issues such as disorders of the jaw muscles.

Don’t take your teeth for granted. They are there to help you eat and speak and are an important aspect of overall appearance. If you are unsure of what is the correct oral hygiene routine for your particular needs, speak to Dr Danka about devising a personalised regimen for you. He will be happy to help.

What can poor oral health lead to?

There are a range of health risks that are associated with poor oral hygiene. These can include the following:

  • Gingivitis – a common and mild form of gum disease
  • Periodontitis – a serious gum infection that can destroy the bone that supports your teeth
  • Oral cancer – mouth cancer is when a sore or tumour develops in parts of your mouth. They appear as lip and mouth sores that don’t heal.
  • Chronic diseases – there is evidence that bad oral health can be linked to chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
  • Pregnancy complications – pregnant women go through hormonal changes that can make their gums more vulnerable to plaque. Bad oral health in pregnant women can lead to premature delivery or a low birth weight baby.

Pneumonia, diabetes, and HIV/Aids can also have a negative impact on the health of your teeth and gums.

The Importance of good Oral Hygiene

  • It prevents health problems such as gum disease and cavities.
  • It contributes to your overall health and well-being.
  • It’s vital to your physical and emotional well-being.
  • It can have a positive impact on your appearance, speech, and interpersonal relations.
  • It leads to a whiter, brighter smile.
  • It keeps bacteria under control and protects you from diseases caused by them.

When should I visit My Dentist?

If it has been more than six months since your last dental appointment, we suggest you pay Dr Danka a visit sooner rather than later. Prevention is better than cure which is why it is crucial to consult with the doctor to prevent serious conditions before they flare up. If you are experiencing cavities, toothache, loose teeth, bleeding gums, or chronic bad breath, consult with Dr Danka immediately as these could lead to more serious health problems in the future.

Dr Danka is an experienced dental specialist trained to diagnose and treat a variety of oral health issues. With early treatment, the doctor can help prevent serious oral conditions. He understands that each patient’s oral needs are unique to them which is why he will tailor a treatment plan best suited for you.

Why Choose Dr Danka as your Bedfordview Dentist?

If saving time, money and stress on oral care are things that interest you, then Dr Danka can help. He understands that preventable dental care is more affordable than restorative dentistry or emergency dental care. He will do everything in his power to develop an oral health routine that greatly reduces the need for dental work such as extractions, fillings, or dentures.

By visiting him regularly you are taking giant steps towards preventing minor issues from developing into larger ones. Dr Danka takes pride in providing all his Bedfordview patients with premium dental care. Speak to him today about how you can be proactive about your oral hygiene maintenance. He will be happy to help you on your way to better oral health.

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