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5 Signs of Poor Oral Hygiene

Your mouth is a dumping ground for symptoms of a larger bodily issue. If you’re experiencing a disease or any sort of condition that strains the body, chances are the evidence will somehow manifest in the mouth. On a less dramatic note, poor oral health can be a simple case of neglecting your dental hygiene routine. Raise your hand if you’ve ever skipped the morning teeth cleaning or become lax with dental floss. 


If we could see the show of hands for this imaginary poll, we would likely see more hands than you all would care to admit. The truth is we’re all human and we’ve all likely skimped on the dental routine at some point in our lives. However, the issue arises when this becomes a habit and your mouth begins to pay the price. 

Although disease is often a third-party factor contributing to a mouth’s state of affairs, there are immediate steps you can take to address poor oral hygiene. Among these are regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings. If your mouth is looking worse for wear, come on down to a dentist in Buderim that knows every nook and cranny of every cavity. Book an appointment with Comfort Dental either over the phone—(07) 5370 8865—or online and we can work together to correct those oral hygiene habits.

In the meantime, here are five signs of poor oral hygiene to look out for.

Persistent bad breath

If you’ve just been to an Italian restaurant that goes heavy on the garlic, you can relax. This kind of bad breath is temporary and is nothing a little mouthwash can’t fix. However, if your bad breath is persisting despite your best efforts, this is a sign that something is amiss. Halitosis (another way of saying ‘persistent bad breath’) is a frequent symptom of gingivitis, and it can also indicate bacterial or plaque buildup.

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Returning to the connection between disease and the mouth, bad breath can also signify non-dental issues. These can include infections of the sinus or lung, disease in the kidney or liver, gastrointestinal issues, or even diabetes. However, before you jump to conclusions, you should book an appointment to check for gum disease. Regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings are the best way to prevent and treat halitosis.

Excessive teeth staining

With standard use, your teeth will never be the pristine pearly whites they were when they first erupted. Teeth staining is inevitable, and if we’re being honest, tea and coffee drinkers will likely endure it most. If you’re unhappy with your level of teeth-staining, Comfort Dental has teeth-whitening services available. To return to the topic at hand, though, staining becomes a sign of poor oral hygiene once the beige tint turns to something remarkably dark, like black.

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If your tooth has turned the opposite of a whiter shade of pale, this could be a sign of severe decay or a dead nerve. In these cases, tooth extraction will likely be the only treatment option. However, with regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings, you can avoid tooth loss altogether. If you’ve noticed some discolouration in your smile, Comfort Dental can take care of it.

Sensitive teeth

The telltale sign of dentin sensitivity (aka sensitive teeth) is sharp pain when consuming something cold. This pain can also occur when consuming something hot, as well. Sensitive teeth are so common that we almost regard them as a variant of normality. There’s enough ‘sensitive teeth’ toothpaste on the market to lull you into this complacency.