Oral-dental hygiene - Definition

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Oral-dental hygiene aims to eliminate dental plaque by carrying out a daily care regime. Good dental hygiene can help prevent halitosis (bad breath) and periodontal disease, such as gingivitis caused by bacteria in the mouth. These microbes colonize the dental plaque, transforming sugar into lactic acid that causes tooth decay and the softening of the teeth. Oral-dental hygiene requires the use of a manual or electric toothbrush, toothpaste, interdental brushes or dental floss, and mouth wash. It is supplemented by weekly plaque removal performed by a dentist.