Oral hygiene refers to the daily care we need to provide to keep our mouths (not just our teeth) healthy.
Good oral and dental hygiene can help prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. But, did you know that poor oral health can also significantly affect your overall health?
We all have bacteria in our mouths, which we need to keep under control by keeping our mouths as clean and healthy as possible.
If the numbers of bacteria get too high, it can result in inflammation and disease.
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Early gum disease, called gingivitis, is caused by the body’s inflammatory response to the bacteria – resulting in the gums becoming red and swollen. If you have gingivitis, your gums will tend to bleed when you brush, floss or use a toothpick.
Dr Simon Reeves