Recent statistics have shown that both oral health and poor dental health is a plague among young children all over the world, but surprisingly it’s especially problematic in the U.S. Did you know that tooth decay could start in infancy?
The benefits of early screening and preventive oral health care far outweigh the costs of neglecting early teeth. A lot of children will experience tooth decay when families delay dental screening.
A full and hearty smile is essential for social mobility and recognition, interpersonal relations, employability, and a good sense of self in twenty-first century America (and elsewhere).
Poor general health, pain and disease, nonattendance at school or work, poor diet, incapacity to talk or eat properly, and even early death are all consequence of poor oral health.
There are many different types of oral diseases, but they are generally differentiated as being of hard tissue (teeth, supporting bone, and jaw), and soft tissue (tongue, cheeks, lips, gums, etc.) origin.
Your mouth is usually packed with bacteria. Daily brushing and flossing and other good dental health care habits will keep these bacteria under control.
Saliva is also a key defense against bacteria and viruses, since it contains enzymes that destroy these microorganisms. Periodontitis is a severe gum infection that comes about when dangerous bacteria grow out of control.
Researchers are finding possible links between periodontal infections and other diseases in your body. The current hypothesis is that microorganisms in infected gums can dislodge and move throughout the body.
Research shows that the risk varies according to the level of gum infection. So keep your mouth healthy! See your dentist at least twice a year for periodic maintenance.
Your teeth can last a lifetime provided you practice good oral hygiene, which includes a daily routine of flossing before bedtime. Here’s why:
- Flossing removes bacteria, prevents gum disease and prevents the loss of teeth.
- Even baby teeth need to be flossed.
- Flossing only helps if you do it right.
- You’re on target if flossing makes your gums bleed.
- Find the floss you like, whether it’s minty, flat, thick, or covered in fluoride, and use it.
Most of us are faced each day with frequent opportunities to treat ourselves to an infinite variety of candy and sweet snacks. Snacks almost always include sugars and starches. While it’s not realistic to completely eliminate snacks from your diet, careful selection of what you do eat can play a role in your oral health.
Healthy meals and snacks should include a range of foods from the central food groups such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, milk and dairy products, meats, nuts and seeds.