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The Consequences Of Poor Oral Hygiene

Lack of oral hygiene can lead to expensive, intensive dental procedures that you may find unpleasant. Here are some of the most common outcomes of poor oral health: Halitosis When small food particles remain wedged between the teeth for a long period of time, they begin collecting bacteria that emit chemicals that can cause a horrible breath. Pee Yew! Plague Plaque is a soft sticky film that builds up on your teeth daily and contains millions of bacteria. Plaque that isn’t removed regularly with brushing and flossing hardens and becomes impossible to remove. This can cause tooth decay, gingivitis, and worse, periodontal disease. Gingivitis Gingivitis is the painful inflammation of the gums caused by plaque build-up. It can be avoided and even resolved with a proper daily brushing and flossing routine. Including an antiseptic mouthwash in your routine will also help prevent and treat Gingivitis. Periodontal Disease If gingivitis goes left untreated, it can progress to the more serious, periodontitis. The inflammation that was once concentrated in the gums, begins encompassing the tooth. It damages the soft tissue and the bone that supports the tooth. Left untreated, periodontitis will eventually result in the loss of teeth. Leaving you with a toothless grin. Decalcification Decalcification can be caused by soda, fruit juice, and highly acidic foods.  Through exposure to these and other acids, teeth lose minerals and strength.  Eventually, your teeth will lose calcium and phosphate and begin to develop white spots.  These spots are irreversible and cause teeth to have a poor appearance. Poor Esthetics When poor oral hygiene becomes a regular tendency, it can cause a number of complications.  As a result, a person’s smile can change and have a poor appearance. Such a change can cause a loss in confidence and permanent damage to teeth.

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