Good dental care is essential to maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile. Not only is a healthy smile key to your personal hygiene, but it can help you make a good impression. In fact, according to PR Newswire, 29% of people in the U.S. believe a person’s teeth are the first thing they notice about their face. Let’s take a look at some of the other negative consequences that can happen as a result of poor dental hygiene.

1. Cavities

The most common results of poor oral hygiene are cavities, which are a form of tooth decay. When you don’t properly brush and floss, plaque can build up on your teeth. This slowly causes cavities to form. If left untreated, this can cause significant tooth decay, pain, and bad breath. Working with a dentist to develop healthy dental care habits is a must before cavities form or worsen.

2. Halitosis

Halitosis is a medical term that means bad breath. Poor oral hygiene can cause bacteria to build in the mouth, including on the tongue. This bacteria continues to breed and contributes to bad breath. Bad breath can also be due to tooth decay, food stuck between the teeth, and other problems. A professional can help you get to the root cause of the problem and find a solution.

3. Gum Disease

Another common consequence of poor oral hygiene habits is gum disease. Gums may bleed when brushing, become more sensitive, and swell. Untreated gum disease can lead to periodontitis. Periodontitis damages support structures in the mouth, which can result in tooth loss. Proper dental care can treat conditions like gum disease before they get worse.

4. Sensitive Teeth

When you don’t properly care for your teeth, the enamel on the teeth slowly wears away. The gums start receding and sensitive areas of your tooth suddenly become exposed. Eating hot or cold foods can make it painful because certain teeth are too sensitive. Some people may be bothered by acidic foods or beverages as well. If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity, don’t hesitate to reach out for professional dental assistance.

Establishing a proper oral hygiene routine and scheduling regular checkups can help you have a beautiful, healthy smile. Whether you haven’t been to the dentist in a while or you’re keeping up with regular cleanings, don’t hesitate to reach out with questions. We can’t wait to help you keep your smile healthy!