Why is oral hygiene so important?
Oral hygiene is an important aspect of your general health. When oral hygiene is neglected, many issues may occur. Cavities are the result of gradual tooth decay caused by the buildup of plaque and the breakdown of protective enamel.
What is dental plaque?
Dental plaque is a biofilm — a slimy layer of bacteria that forms on the surfaces of your teeth. Dental plaque forms on teeth when we don’t practice effective oral hygiene. Plaque that is not removed hardens into tartar, which can lead to inflammation and gingivitis. Bacteria are usually present in the mouth; however, as they digest sugar and starches they produce acid, which weakens the enamel. Furthermore, the bacteria and its acid mixes with food debris and saliva to form a sticky biofilm called plaque.
Gum disease and tooth decay are among the most common diseases known to man. Studies dating back to the 1950’s have revealed the connection between dental bacteria and plaque. Over 90% of dental disease is caused by dental plaque accumulation alone, even when we consider other factors like diet and malocclusion (bad bite).
The good news is that practicing good effective oral hygiene is simpler and easier than you think. Should there be inquiries regarding your oral hygiene regime, do contact us at our dental office. We’ll be willing to assist.