If you’re like most people today, you probably follow a simple oral hygiene routine every day. You brush your teeth after breakfast and dinner, floss once a day, and you visit your dentist and oral hygienist regularly. What’s more, you’re familiar with the symptoms of tooth decay and gum disease, so you’re able to spot problems and get treatment earlier on. (If you’re not so sure, check out our previous blog: Gum disease – symptoms and treatment.)
While this kind of routine may be the norm today, the oral hygiene practices of our ancestors looked very different. From chewing on sticks to clean their teeth, to using feathers and porcupine quills as toothpicks, and blaming tooth decay on ‘tooth worms’, mankind has employed some interesting – and often downright odd – dental hygiene practices over the centuries.
Take a look at our ‘highlights reel’ of the evolution of oral hygiene through the ages:
This is because good oral hygiene is about so much more than improving the look and feel of your teeth and smile..
While a gorgeous smile does wonders for your self-esteem and confidence, a healthy mouth and teeth significantly contributes to your general health. eeping gum disease and tooth decay in check relieves chronic – and sometimes crippling – pain, allowing you to chew your food properly. This aids digestion and improves the absorption of vital nutrients. Perhaps more importantly, the bacteria caused by periodontal disease (which occurs when your hygiene regime is no adequate) can enter the bloodstream and cause serious problems, even leading to strokes and heart attacks.
An experienced oral hygienist won’t simply clean and polish your teeth by removing any scale, plaque, and staining. They’ll l also check for any early signs of gum disease, inspect your brushing and flossing technique, and educate you on how best to care for your teeth and mouth. This is the kind of dental care that your smile – and your health – will thank you for.
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