In medicine as well as dentistry, prevention is always better than cure. Nothing is more important in dental health than dental hygiene.
Dental hygiene is the practice of keeping the gums, teeth, and mouth clean and healthy to prevent tooth decay and disease. Oral health and dental hygiene are too often taken for granted but should be part of our daily routine.
Cavities (tooth decay) are problematic for people of all ages. For children, untreated tooth decay can cause poor appearance, absence from school, difficulty concentrating on learning, and pain. These problems can greatly affect their quality of life and the ability to succeed. Tooth decay also is a problem for many adults, mostly because of poor dental hygiene practices.
Periodontal (gum) disease results from bacteria under the gum tissue which begin to destroy the bone and gums. Teeth can become loose and may need extraction, and chewing often becomes difficult.
Many adults and children avoid proven dental hygiene measures to prevent oral diseases while reducing their dental care costs. Daily brushing and flossing, mouthwash, and regular visits to a dental hygienist are the chief preventative measures to ensure dental health. Dental sealants are also effective in preventing cavities to teeth in the rear.
Here are some measures parents should implement to ensure good oral health for their child: