Many of us brush our teeth twice a day and may even use mouthwash once in a while - but have you ever stopped to think about why you follow this routine?
Good oral health not only helps prevent your teeth and gums from suffering damage, but it can also have a positive impact on the rest of your body.
Here's our guide to making sure your mouth is in top condition - and your body too!
Steps for good oral hygiene
Brushing your teeth thoroughly twice a day is the first step to making sure your teeth and gums are as healthy as they can be.
Allowing debris to build up can lead to decay and disease, which can be uncomfortable and not to mention costly to put right again!
Flossing is another important aspect of a dental hygiene regime, as it can be difficult to reach some areas with a toothbrush. Experts recommend that we should floss daily.
Following a balanced diet can also make a difference to your oral health. If you limit the number of snacks you eat between meals then there is less chance of build-up on your teeth and gums.
Link between oral and general health
So just how does our oral health impact our general wellbeing? Well your mouth is full of bacteria - although most of it is harmless, providing you follow a good hygiene routine.
If harmful bacteria are allowed to get out of control, it can be difficult for the mouth's protective barriers to spring into action. This can mean the bacteria enters the bloodstream, leading to all sorts of wider health issues.