Good oral hygiene contributes to your overall health. Along with a beautiful smile, maintaining your oral health will give you a lower risk of infections, gum disease, tooth loss, and even health conditions like diabetes and heart disease.
The key signs of good oral hygiene include:
White, Smooth Teeth
Having pearly white teeth is a sign that you’re keeping up with your oral hygiene. Teeth yellowing can be caused by broken-down enamel, gingivitis, and tobacco use, among other factors. Additionally, rough teeth surfaces are caused by tartar buildup from insufficient brushing and flossing. So, maintaining naturally smooth and white teeth is a goal that we should all share for optimal oral health.
No Bleeding Gums While Brushing or Flossing
Gums that bleed whenever you brush or floss are a telltale sign of gum disease. In the early stages of gum disease, accumulated bacteria along the gum line cause inflammation. This generally leads to bleeding with brushing and flossing. So, if your gums are pink and healthy, including while you brush and floss, it’s a sign that you’re taking care of your oral health.
Fresh, Pleasant Breath
Bad breath can be caused by bacteria in the mouth, as well as problems such as dry mouth and tonsilitis. Brushing and flossing regularly removes this bacteria and prevents bad breath. As a result, neutral and fresh breath is an indicator of a healthy mouth.
Tooth sensitivity is most often caused by broken down tooth enamel, gingivitis, and/or gum recession. Sensitivity commonly occurs when you eat cold, hold, or sugary foods. Maintaining good oral hygiene protects the enamel and gums from damage, making it the best way to prevent tooth sensitivity.