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By Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
July 24, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Oral HygieneAre you keeping good oral hygiene habits? Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping the gums, teeth, and mouth clean and healthy. It's important for people to practice good oral hygiene between visits to the dentist. Dr. Jason Ako at Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Honolulu, HI, offers a complete range of dental services. Here are several reasons why good oral hygiene is important. 

1. Prevent Bad Breath

Halitosis, also called bad breath, is characterized by an unpleasant odor of the mouth. Bad breath most commonly results from poor oral hygiene. Bad breath can also be caused by gum disease, tobacco use, and medical conditions. Daily flossing and brushing and regular dental checkups and dental cleanings are the best prevention for bad breath. 

2. Prevent Cavities

Dental cavities are decayed areas of teeth that develop into tiny holes. Causes of dental cavities include bacteria, snacking, drinking sugary drinks, and lack of good oral hygiene. You can prevent dental cavities by flossing and brushing regularly, rinsing with mouth rinses, and seeing your dentist on a regular basis. 

3. Prevent Gum Disease

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an infection of the structures around the teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to shifting teeth, loose teeth and tooth loss. Daily brushing and flossing and regular dental checkups and cleanings are the best prevention for gum disease. 

4. Prevent Tooth Loss

Poor dietary habits and lack of good oral hygiene can lead to tooth loss. Sipping sugary drinks and eating sugary snacks can lead to tooth loss because sugar contributes to tooth decay. Tooth loss can be prevented by brushing and flossing regularly, limiting sugar intake, avoiding tobacco, and seeing a dentist regularly. 

5. Maintain Overall Health

Your oral health is more important than you might realize. There is evidence to support a link between oral health and general health. People with good oral hygiene have a lower risk of arthritis, cardiovascular disease, stroke, heart attack, and respiratory infections. 

We can help you maintain a healthy smile. To keep your oral health on track, call Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry at 808-734-6022 right now to schedule a dental appointment in Honolulu, HI. We want all of our patients to have a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime!