- Published Date: 11 Dec 2020
- Updated Date: 19 Feb 2021
- Reading Time: 4 min
Oral diseases are one of the most significant issues facing the world, and they can have serious repercussions for our health and our finances. This can cause severe problems later in life and significantly impact the quality of life, both physically and mentally, for those affected by poor oral health.
Because of this, it is essential to seek out dental care and treat any problems as quickly as possible and preferably preventing any oral health issues altogether. With a variety of possible issues you might encounter throughout life due to poor dental hygiene, you must take on the challenge to avoid and overcome any problems before they become too severe.
Reduced Risk of Discomfort
We use our mouths every day, whether for speaking, eating, singing, or even yawning. However, as we rely on our mouths so much, there is a significant increase in discomfort when we do not follow proper oral hygiene practices. With other injuries, such as sprained ankles or pulled back muscles, we can adjust our actions to ease the pain. This is not the case with our mouths. While the pain can seem small at first, there is always the risk of it getting worse, and the longer you leave it, the bigger chance there is for the pain to increase. Therefore, you should always seek out dental care and treatment if you experience pain in your mouth and around your teeth, no matter how minuscule it might appear at first.
Lower Risk of Further Complications
Two of the biggest conditions that you can face regarding your oral health are dental caries (tooth decay) and periodontal disease, including gum disease. These can become even worse the longer you neglect dental treatment, so if you want to avoid further complications, you should seek dental advice and care as soon as possible. Ideally, you should work to avoid the problem altogether by carrying out basic oral hygiene, such as regular brushing your teeth, flossing, and using mouthwash to rinse out any leftover food and plaque.
Improved Overall Health
Failure to properly care for your teeth can also increase the risk of cancers of the lips and oral cavity. But this is not the only problem you should think about when debating whether proper oral hygiene is worth it (it is). Ignoring existing or future problems with your oral health can increase the risk of heart disease and cause high blood pressure. There is also the chance of dementia as a side-effect of suffering gum disease. As it is so easy to care for your teeth properly, it should not be up to debate whether cleaning your teeth twice a day will benefit you in the long run, as studies and statistics prove that it does.
A Better Smile
Everybody wants a better smile. They want to show off those pearly white every time someone pulls out the camera so you can look back on the day with fond memories. However, those who do not take pepper care of their teeth will regularly shy away from being the focal point of any photo. Furthermore, they will do everything they can to avoid smiling altogether. Besides general oral diseases, you can also affect your smile through bad habits such as smoking and eating too much sugar, whereas excessive amounts of coffee will stain your teeth. If you want a bright and healthy smile, cut down on these substances to ensure a better smile.
No Bad Breath
Suffering from bad breath is, for many, the most embarrassing thing in the world, especially if you are forced to get too close to someone. Bad breath can put people off speaking to you, making you feel isolated from the world around you. Brushing twice a day will obviously go some way towards solving this, but you should also consider flossing and rinsing to dislodge and wash away and stuck food. Rotting teeth and gum disease can also cause bad breath, so strive to adjust your diet to prevent this from occurring.
Healthy smiles and fresh breath will immediately boost your confidence, but this doesn’t just mean you will be happy to smile for the camera and get involved in discussion with people. Along with these benefits, it will also vastly increase your mood. Knowing that you have your oral hygiene under control is an excellent way to boost your self-esteem. Even if you are scared of the dentist or receiving oral treatment, it is always worth doing for your mental wellbeing as much as your physical well being.
Less Stress, More Energy
Poor oral hygiene can wreak havoc on our stress and energy levels. There are several ways this can happen also. For one, an addiction to sugar or tobacco can cause tooth problems and also make you too tired to do anything. This creates a vicious cycle where you use these as a crutch to get through the day. By cutting down on these habits, eating healthy foods, and focusing more on your oral hygiene, you can significantly reduce your stress. You will also get a better night’s sleep, meaning you will feel happier and more energetic every day.
No Need for Replacements
Tooth loss is another major issue that can occur from poor dental hygiene. If you fail to look after your teeth properly, there is a risk that your teeth will fracture, meaning you need fillings, or more severely, they will rot and fall out. Dental treatment can be expensive, so you want to avoid this as much as possible. Periodontal diseases caused by misaligned teeth can also cause problems that require tooth replacements. So, consider invisible aligners to prevent infections and more severe problems while also straightening your teeth, making it easier to chew and clean your teeth each day, along with a host of other benefits.
As complications from poor dental hygiene are so prevalent across the world, you must find ways to treat and prevent any problems before they become too severe. Although it can be intimidating and daunting to visit the dentist, it is something you must do if you want to maintain a healthy and happy smile without any pain or further problems.