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Dental hygiene has a profound impact on a person's dental health - and can even affect other aspects of overall wellbeing.
An article in the Reno Gazette-Journal explains how people may avoid several major dental health problems by attending regular dental check-ups and completing routine dental care steps.
Those who do not take proper care of their teeth risk suffering from plaque build-up, which is caused by the accumulation of bacteria on the surfaces of teeth.
This, in turn, causes teeth to be demineralized, which may lead on to cavities. Meanwhile, plaque is also a major player in gum disease.
"Many health problems of the mouth - such as oral thrush, trench mouth, bad breath and others are considered an effect of poor dental hygiene," the article states.
In recent years, several studies have linked dental health to other health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease.
For example, in September, scientists from the Society for General Microbiology heard about how bacteria in the mouth can contribute to atherosclerosis - or furring of the arteries.
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