As part of National Dental Hygiene Month, we asked one of our dental clients, Simmonds Dental Center, to outline why dental hygiene is so important.
October, is National Dental Hygiene month. It is a month recognized to promote the importance of good oral hygiene. We have all heard floss and brush your teeth at least twice a day, but how many people really understand why it is so important ? There are many things that happen in the mouth as a result of poor hygiene, but Gum disease is top of the list because data has told us about 80% of Americans have some form of this serious Disease. That is a staggering figure and it is completely preventable by having good oral hygiene and seeing a hygienist at least every 6 months.
symptoms usually start mild and many patients don’t recognize them: red, tender, swollen gums, bleeding when brushing teeth, slight discomfort while chewing hard foods. As the condition progresses, gums recede from teeth and pockets of bacteria form. Bacteria can destroy gum and bone causing tooth and bone loss. Gum disease has been linked to many disorders including heart disease, respiratory problems and links to many other diseases.
We would really like to prevent those type of disorders as much as possible.