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Oral Hygiene

Oral Hygiene

To find out how we can improve your Oral Hygiene though our active maintenance program, book an appointment with our Friendly Dentist in Molonglo Valley, contact Molonglo Dental Surgery at 02 6287 1222.

Oral hygiene is an important component of your overall dental health. Simply put, it involves the process of keeping your mouth, teeth, and gums clean to prevent dental ailments such as cavities, gingivitis, periodontal and halitosis disease. But that’s not all it does. Ongoing studies suggest that it also helps to prevent medical problems that are directly or indirectly linked to your oral cavity. Researchers have linked oral health problems to a host of major health problems including Cardiovascular disease, Diabetes and Pancreatic Cancer.

At Molonglo Dental Surgery, we take a holistic approach in looking after your oral hygiene needs. As part of our active oral maintenance program, we want to partner you in your fight against tooth decay, bad breath and gum disease. Our Oral Hygiene program caters to patients of all ages. 

Utilising ultrasonic and rotary instruments to clean, polish and remove stains, our experienced dentists and dental hygienists employ minimally invasive techniques to ensure that you undergo a thorough cleaning routine in a comfortable environment. 

As part of our patient education on oral hygiene, we also utilise teaching aids like teeth models to show how you can better clean your teeth with maximum efficiency and results. You are also encouraged to share with us any dental concerns that you may have so that we can work together to improve your oral health and dental wellbeing for the long haul.

Practicing proper oral hygiene is the most effective way of reducing dental problems down the road.

Oral Hygiene and Implications for General Health

Maintaining healthy teeth and gums can have a direct impact on your overall health. Below are examples of a growing number of research that suggest the far reaching medical implications of oral hygiene on the rest of your body.

Heart disease: Studies have suggested a link between gum disease and tooth loss with cardiovascular diseases as well as an increased prevalence of heart attack. When oral bacteria enter the bloodstream, the studies found, they can interrupt the blood flowing to the heart and cause a heart attack.

Tooth loss patients with fewer than 10 of their natural teeth remaining are also found to be at higher risk of dying from coronary disease than someone with more than 25 remaining natural teeth.

Other studies suggest that a number of systemic diseases, including heart disease, have oral symptoms.

Diabetes: Diabetes is a disease where the body is unable to properly process glucose which can have a far-reaching impact on overall health. Researchers have identified a link between diabetics and gum disease, whereby the presence of periodontal disease, may increase blood sugar and make it difficult for diabetics to control their blood glucose levels.

Pancreatic Cancer: According to a Harvard-based research, men with a history of periodontal disease carried a far greater risk (64%) of developing pancreatic cancer as compared with those with no prior history of the disease. 

Pregnancy: Many women are unaware that pregnancy-related hormonal changes can increase the likelihood of developing gum disease. Paying attention to proper oral hygiene is therefore critical during pregnancy and may also be beneficial to the health of the baby.

Proper oral hygiene can help you lower the risk of a variety of dental – and even potentially life-threatening medical conditions.

To find out how we can improve your Oral Hygiene though our active maintenance program, book an appointment with our Friendly Dentist in Molonglo Valley, contact Molonglo Dental Surgery at 02 6287 1222.