Amongst the various queries regarding holistic health, oral hygiene is usually side-lined. “Brush your pearly whites twice daily and maintain hygiene” is a standard statement made by parents and dentists alike. There is a strong reason to support this statement as well. As per a new study, poor oral habits can lead to dangerous diseases linked to cancer - both benign and malignant!
Around 50% of oral diseases are related to poor oral hygiene and carelessness. Unhygienic habits have been found to be a direct cause for chronic diseases like Human Papilloma virus infection (HPV), ulcer and cancer. This result was announced after numerous experiments and studies conducted by the journal Cancer Prevention Research.
Also, the virus HPV is the potent cause for oral cancer and is linked to plaque and deterioration of gums. So, next time you skip your brushing exercise, think twice and better clean up your act!
HPV is a virus that affects areas including the throat, mouth, feet, fingers, nails, anus and cervix - areas of the skin and the mucus membranes that line the body.
But worry not, since the damage can be undone and HPV infection can be prevented. You simply need to maintain good oral hygiene and health and quit smoking.
You can follow these tips to maintain good oral hygiene:
· Brush your teeth at least twice a day
· Use a tongue scraper and clean your tongue regularly
· Floss your teeth and use mouth wash when you cannot brush. Also, go for a sugar-free mouthwash!
· Use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush that fits your mouth comfortably. Consider using an electric toothbrush to effectively reduce plaque and eliminate gum diseases
· Practice good technique - remember to brush the outside, inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth, as well as your tongue
· Keep your toothbrush clean - always rinse it with water after brushing, store in an upright position and allow it to air dry before using it again
· Replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head every 3 to 4 months.