Most people believe that brushing teeth helps avoid cavities, odour and keep a dazzling smile. However, poor dental hygiene has profound health effects that go beyond stains and bad breath. Health experts cite that good dental hygiene should be a daily routine that is cultivated from one’s early childhood. Research shows that the human mouth harbours more than 600 different strains of bacteria. The organisms form tiny colonies that cause health problems. The most common health conditions that develop as a result of poor dental hygiene are porphyromonas gingivalis and streptococcus mutans. Porphyromonas gingivalis is associated with periodontitis, a progressive gum disease that causes loss of teeth and pain. Streptococcus mutans, on the other hand, feed on starches and sugars in the mouth, producing acid that erodes the enamel and makes your teeth susceptible to decay. The text further explains other risks of not taking care of your teeth properly.