In a general sense, most people are aware that good dental hygiene is important. However, the specific ways in which keeping up with good hygiene practices every day helps your smile might not always be obvious. In addition to keeping your teeth fresh and clean more often, sticking to a good dental hygiene routine can help you prevent many of the common conditions that often lead to the need for more extensive dental treatment. Today, we examine a few of those conditions, and how they’re related to the quality of your preventive dental hygiene efforts.

Chronic bad breath (or halitosis)

Bad breath isn’t always a serious condition that needs to be addressed. In fact, most of us experience less than pleasant breath when they wake in the morning, due largely to the fact that oral bacteria gather more rapidly on your teeth, tongue, and oral tissues when you sleep. However, when oral bacteria accumulate enough to become a problem, chronic bad breath is often one of the early warning signs. Also known as halitosis, this can also result from an excess accumulation of oral bacteria that release foul-smelling substances. Keeping your teeth and oral tissues clean of oral bacteria is the basic principle of a good hygiene routine, as well as of preventing chronic bad breath and other concerns.

The decaying of one or more teeth

There are hundreds of different kinds of oral bacteria present in a healthy mouth, and bad breath isn’t the only thing they can cause. When certain other types of bacteria form plaque and stick to your teeth’s surfaces, they can release even more harmful substances that weaken your tooth enamel. In time, this can lead to bacteria infecting your main tooth structure – a process known as tooth decay – and the formation of a cavity as it progresses. Because plaque can quickly calcify into tartar and become insoluble, tooth decay and cavities are a particularly common threat. Fortunately, a consistently good hygiene routine and professional dental cleaning can help you successfully prevent them.

Gingivitis and more severe gum disease

The area where your gum tissues meet your teeth, known as your gum line, is an especially important area of concern when your brushing and flossing every day. When bacteria accumulate along this line, it doesn’t take long for them to work their way underneath it, where you can no longer brush and floss them away. This can lead to the formation of gingivitis, or gum infection, and the progression of more severe gum disease, which is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. By preventing bacteria buildup along your gum line, or seeking professional periodontal cleaning soon if it does, you can protect your smile from the consequences of gum disease.

Protect your smile with better hygiene

A good dental hygiene routine is one of the keys to keeping your smile healthy and preventing many of the conditions that could threaten it long-term. To learn more, schedule a visit with us by calling Cederberg Dental in Dallas, TX, today at 214-348-7090.