Announcement: Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body – Information About Dental Health

It’s important to arm yourself with information about dental health so that you can take care of your mouth and your teeth. Here’s how to keep your mouth and teeth healthy:

  • Brush your teeth daily with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss every day
  • Reduce your intake of sweet food and drink – snack smart
  • Get sufficient calcium
  • Don’t smoke or chew tobacco
  • See your dentist regularly

Too much tension may not only ruin your mood, it may also spoil your smile. According to a new review of research on the issue, there is mounting evidence that a strong link exists between stress and gum disease.

Researchers found 57% of recent studies reviewed found a positive association between gum disease and stress and related psychological symptoms like distress, anxiety, depression and loneliness.

The mouth is a window into the health of the body. It is packed with myriad microorganisms, some associated with tooth decay and periodontal disease.

Some researchers think that microbes and inflammation linked to periodontitis are a factor in some systemic diseases or conditions, but more studies are needed to prove this. A number of studies link chronic inflammation from periodontitis with the development of cardiovascular problems.

Brushing our teeth can reduce plaque, cavities and bad breath – most of us know that. And a new study shows that good information about dental health can also decrease heart attack and stroke risk.

Brushing your teeth and tongue will reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth by 75 percent. Regular tooth care and frequent visits to your dentist can help prevent the progression of periodontal disease and perhaps lower your risk of heart attack and stroke.

Information About Dental Health In Young Children

Tooth decay is increasing among preschool children in spite of advances in dental health for many Americans, according to a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Trends in Oral Health Status: United States, 1988-1994 and 1999-2004” is the title of the CDC report, released in April of 2007. Tooth decay in the primary teeth of children between the ages of 2 and 5 has increased from 24 percent in 1988-1994 to 28 percent in 1999-2004.

Dental cavities are holes in the two outer layers of a tooth called the enamel and the dentin. Cavity causing bacteria in the mouth consume simple sugars, converting them into acid plaque.

The enamel on baby teeth is immature and porous, thus children are more prone to cavities than adults. Cavity causing bacteria are difficult to eradicate because they are very similar to other harmless bacteria that live in the mouth.