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 is 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.
Oral hygiene has been recognized as an important part of health in every culture. But dental procedures and self-care practices should promote our microbial allies. Since before recorded history, a variety of oral hygiene measures have been used for teeth cleaning. A healthy mouth where good bugs are thriving is not a friendly environment for pathogens
We can start with these four practices:
1. Stop Wiping Out the Oral Microbiome,
2. Create a Healthy Host,
3. Feed and Seed the Good Bugs,
4. Do Your Research and Ask for Evidence
when you regularly wipe out the microbiome, except, opportunistic pathogens eagerly colonize.
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