What Is Dental Care?
Dental Care (Oral Hygiene) Is the practice of keeping one’s mouth clean and free of disease and other problems by regular brushing of the teeth and cleaning between the teeth. It is important that oral hygiene be carried out on a regular basis to enable prevention of dental disease and bad breath. The most common types of dental disease are tooth decay (cavities, dental caries) and gum diseases, including gingivitis, and periodontitis.
General guidelines for adults suggest brushing at least twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste: brushing last thing at night and at least on one other occasion. Cleaning between the teeth is called interdental cleaning and is as important as tooth brushing. This is because a toothbrush cannot reach between the teeth and therefore only removes about 50% of plaque from the surface of the teeth. There are many tools to clean between the teeth, including floss, tape and interdental brushes; it is up to each individual to choose which tool they prefer to use.
Sometimes white or straight teeth are associated with oral hygiene. However, a hygienic mouth can have stained teeth or crooked teeth. To improve the appearance of their teeth, people may use tooth whitening treatments and orthodontics.
What Is The Purpose Of Dental Care?
Plus, sprucing up your oral health comes with an added bonus: improving your oral health will ultimately improve your overall health.
Why As Oral Hygiene Important?
Oral hygiene is preventative care. This means you can stop oral health problems such as cavities, gum disease, bad breath (halitosis) and other issues before they start by taking good care of your teeth and gums.
Oral health is also linked to whole-body health. For example, if an infection is present in your mouth, your bloodstream can carry the bacteria to other areas of your body, leading to other health concerns like heart disease and stroke. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is an important part of long-lasting overall health.
What Are The Signs Of Poor Oral Hygiene?
There are several warning signs that could indicate oral health problems. The most common signs of poor oral hygiene include:
- Bleeding gums.
- Tooth decay.
- Chronic bad breath.
- Loose teeth.
- Gum recession.
- Mouth sores that don’t go away.
- Swelling of the jaw.
- Gingivostomatitis, an infection of the mouth caused by certain bacteria or viruses.
How Can I Improve My Oral Hygiene?
Excellent oral hygiene protects your teeth and gums and keeps your smile beautiful. Here are some general oral hygiene instructions to keep your smile healthy:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
- Floss once daily.
- Brush your tongue.
- Use an antibacterial mouthwash every day.
- Visit your dentist regularly.
- Avoid smoking and other tobacco products.
Advantages Of Good Oral Hygiene;
- Healthier teeth and gums.
- A beautiful smile.
- Fresher breath.
- A reduced need for dental work such as fillings, crowns, bridges, implants or dentures.
- A lowered risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other health concerns.
- A reduced risk of oral cancer.
Dental Care Procedure Cost List In Ghana:
In Ghana, dental procedures are quite expensive but are worth it in terms of making you feel confident and comfortable. The list below shows how much it will cost you to get some of the procedures explained above done:
- Dentist Consultation – Ghc 70.00 to Ghc 100.00
- Braces – Ghc 8,000 to Ghc 12,000.00
- Teeth Whitening – Ghc 800.00 to Ghc 1,000.00