Oral health refers to the health and well-being of the teeth, gums, and the entire oral-facial system that allows us to smile, speak, and chew.
Oral hygiene is then the practice of safeguarding the mouth and teeth by keeping them clean to avoid dental problems. Good oral and dental hygiene can help ward-off bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease eventually helping you keep your teeth as you get older.
Causes of poor oral hygiene
The cause of poor oral hygiene, as described by a leading orthodontist in Abu Dhabi, is usually the individual’s failure to maintain good oral hygiene habits, such as regular brushing and flossing of teeth to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth.
Some foods (containing sugars and acidic foods) and habits (like smoking and drinking) can also result in poor oral hygiene leading to chronic dental diseases.
Poor oral hygiene can result in any of the following conditions:
- Dental cavities
A combination of factors may result in tooth decay called Cavities or caries. These factors include bacteria in our mouth, frequent snacking, sipping sugary drinks or sodas and not cleaning your teeth properly.
Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums, or gingiva also causing irritation, redness and swelling. It often occurs because a film of plaque, or bacteria, accumulates on the teeth.
It is also called gum disease, a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and can destroy the bone that supports your teeth, if not treated properly on time. Periodontitis can cause the teeth to become loose which eventually leads to tooth loss.
- Bad breath
The tongue has an uneven surface which can trap bacteria that produce odors, contributing to bad breath, also called halitosis.
Solution for poor oral hygiene
Dentists do not recommend orthodontic treatment for patients with poor oral hygiene unless their periodontal issues have been improved and restored to a healthy state.
Complex biological mechanisms are involved in the orthodontic tooth movement catering to remodeling, inflammation and healing of bone and soft tissue. Poor oral hygiene may disrupt these complex processes causing diseases like decalcification, caries, recession, gingival inflammation and periodontal disease.
Poor oral hygiene results in tooth movement taking too long, becomes less predictable and less stable. Consequently, following good oral hygiene is essential for an efficient orthodontic tooth movement. For the best results, you should also consider getting veneers in Abu Dhabi.