Bad oral hygiene can damage your teeth and health

A large portion of the population ignore the fact that it’s a must to take care of your oral hygiene and health. Vices, improper hygiene and germs are some examples of causes that could lead to a very bad health condition. You should understand what the importance of your oral care is.

close up of a cold sore on upper lip

Cold Sores: also referred to as oral herpes. Oral herpes is a viral infection that could easily be passed on to another individual. Oral herpes is just one of the many kinds of herpes. It is a very visible type of infection that could easily be scattered around your face or in your mouth. Itching and blisters are some of the symptoms that are affiliated with the infection. Cold sores will take up to 2 to 4 weeks to heal. Pinching-like pain is one of the most common discomforts when you have cold sores. Depending on the severity, herpes would actively show itself, active and giving discomfort to the individual. Medicated creams are available in your nearby pharmacy in case of an outbreak. Be sure not to share utensils, drinks or toothbrushes when you have this. Try to keep your lips from drying out to avoid serious outbreaks.

Tooth decay: also called cavities. Think of it that your teeth are breaking down because of acids that bacteria buildup causes. If you are having pains while eating or drinking, or you notice pits on tooth surfaces, there is a good chance that you have tooth decay already. Don’t worry, it’s probably an easy fix. See your dentist. To prevent it in the first place, flossing and brushing your teeth are your first line of defense to prevent tooth decay from happening.

Gingivitis: a sibling of periodontitis, letting this one slide would make you regret your decision. Plaques that are attached from your tooth’s surface will produce gingivitis when not properly cleaned. Practice good oral hygiene and go to your dentist regularly to prevent plaques from building up.

Gum Disease: also known as periodontal disease, is more severe than gingivitis and the tissue around your teeth is going to be affected. Open pockets form around the tooth and pulls the tissue away. These can trap particles that could lead to major irritation and infection.

Good oral health is easy to achieve with proper oral hygiene. Flossing, brushing regularly, avoid vices that are bad for your teeth and health such as soda, smoking and drinking excessively.

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Tiny Tooth Worms – Seriously?

In medieval times, most people thought dental cavities were made by tiny tooth worms? Yes, seriously. Tiny Tooth Worms.

They thought these little worms bore holes in the teeth and then hid, out of sight, beneath the surface.

The wiggling they did inside the tooth was believed to cause the pain of toothaches.

Thank goodness you don’t live in medieval times!

cute happy funny smiling tooth fighting mean looking bacteria - People once thought that tooth worms caused toothaches but we now know it is actually bacteria
People once thought that tooth worms caused toothaches but we now know it is actually bacteria

Today, of course, science has confirmed the truth about cavities. You now know cavities, or tooth decay, are caused by enamel-eroding bacteria in the plaque that builds up around teeth. When you eat sugary or starchy foods, the bacteria feed on the remnants left on your teeth, while simultaneously creating an acid that eats away at enamel.

Thankfully, you also know a lot more about preventing and treating tooth decay today than our medieval ancestors did. It really is quite a simple process to prevent dental issues.  Brushing, flossing and eating a tooth- friendly diet are all vital to good oral hygiene, and keeping your teeth healthy for a lifetime.

If you currently have a tooth that has been bothering you, now’s the time to call your dentist and have it checked. You’ll be thrilled to know it’s not being caused by a tooth worm!

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