Oral hygiene is the practice or process of keeping one’s mouth clean and healthy, by aiming for a disease free mouth.
More than often, the term “oral hygiene” is synonymous with the word “dental hygiene”; however the two terms are slightly different.
Dental hygiene is about maintaining the health of the dental tissues which are the teeth and gums. Whereas, oral hygiene extends to include other parts of the oral cavity (posh term for mouth), which includes the tongue, lips, palate and a few more parts.
It is of vital importance that oral hygiene is carried out on a regular basis to enable prevention of disease or symptoms like bad breath (halitosis). The most common types of dental disease are tooth decay and gum disease.
In this section of the website, we cover many aspects of oral and dental hygiene.