Good oral hygiene can prevent cancer

Good oral hygiene can prevent cancer

The benefits of good oral hygiene, which were earlier limited to the sparkling white smile, have been extended to keeping cancer at bay. Dangerous pathogens present in one’s mouth can cause serious health problems like endocarditis, which occurs when bacteria enters the bloodstream and reaches the heart. However, it appears that synthesising endocarditis is only the tip of the iceberg.

A recent study has linked higher levels of dental plaque to premature cancer death, making it even more crucial to ensure oral health. Poor oral health, along with dental problems and gum diseases could be the major cause for human papilloma virus (HPV) infection, which often leads to oral cancers. Hence, it is time we take our oral hygiene seriously.

Here are a few easy tips to ensure good oral and dental hygiene:

Brushing your teeth twice a day is mandatory. Having said that, it is also best to brush your teeth after every meal apart from the brushing at the start of the day and brushing before calling it a day.

Most people consider flossing a chore. But it is an essential aspect of oral care. Brushing only removes the particles on the upper edges of teeth, but flossing ensures deep cleaning by not only removing the particles hidden between the teeth, but also by removing the ones trapped in delicate gum line.

Cut down on smoking and the consumption of other tobacco products and alcohol. This will not only help you steer clear of cardiovascular disorders, but it will also ensure that your teeth are in the best condition.

Avoid nail-biting, teeth clenching or grinding, as these can weaken your gums, jaw joints and teeth.

Regular dental check-ups are a must. This will help resolve any oral or teeth-related ailments at an early stage.

(The author is dentist & founder, Rejove Clinique)

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