Basics of Oral Health: Everything you Need to Know 


Your oral health is a very pivotal part of your overall well-being. The lack of proper oral hygiene can lead to many complications, including dental cavities and diseases relating to the gum. Poor dental hygiene can also increase the risk of cancer, diabetes, and even heart disease. Furthermore, it can negatively impact your mental state, causing psychological stress such as low-self esteem and poor social skills. 

According to the World Health Organisation (W.H.O.), 60 to 90 percent of children in school suffer from at least one dental cavity. Statistics further indicate that nearly all adults have, at one time or the other, suffered from dental cavities. In addition, 15 to 20 percent of adults between the ages of 35 to 44 suffer from severe gum diseases. To avoid such dental complications, you should improve your oral hygiene. 

Symptoms of Dental Problems

When you experience any of the following signs and symptoms, it is very important to consult your dentist. These signs and symptoms can be:

  • Ulcers, sores, or even tender areas in the mouth. If these sores don’t heal after a week or two, then it is very important to visit the dentist.
  • Also, if you experience swollen or bleeding gums after brushing or flossing, you may need to consult your dentist.
  • Chronic bad breath, also known as Halitosis.
  • Further, you may need to see our dentist regarding your oral hygiene when there is a sudden sensitivity to either hot or cold beverages.
  • Pain or toothache.
  • Receding gums
  • When you experience pain while biting or chewing etc.

How to Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy 

You can take various steps to ensure healthy oral hygiene. These steps include: 

  • Brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day.
  • Ensuring that you floss once a day. Flossing is one of the most beneficial things you can do to prevent oral cavities.
  • Ensuring that your teeth are cleaned by a dentist at least once every six months.
  • Avoid tobacco products. 
  • Ensure that your diet is fiber-rich and low in fat and sugar. 


As we stated earlier, your dental health affects your teeth and your psychological state of mind. It can also affect your comfort, as well as your overall quality of life. You should also note that many dental problems develop without signs or symptoms, which can be avoided by regularly visiting a dentist.