Healthy Smile Healthy you The Importance of Oral Health
Oral cavity is window to the human body. Oral health is more important than you might realize. The health of your mouth can say a lot about your overall health. Regular dentist visits can do more than keep your smile attractive. It can also tells a lot about your overall health including risk for chronic disease.
Research also shows that good oral health may actually prevent certain diseases from occurring.
Common dental problems are
Bad breath – Also called Halitosis. Gum diseases, caries, oral cancer, dry mouth and any other systemic disease are common cause for it. If you have chronic bad breath visit your dentist to rule out and cure of the problem
Tooth decay – Also called as caries. Most common dental problem. Caries are not just for children you can develop caries at any age. Regular brushing, flossing and dental check-up should be done to avoid decay.
Gum disease – Also known as Periodontal Disease. It is an infection of gums surrounding the teeth. It is common cause of tooth loss. Bleeding from gums is assign of gum disease. Don’t ignore if there is bleeding from gums .Visit your dentist.
Oral cancer – It is a serious and deadly disease but it is often curable if diagnosed and treated in early stages. Biggest risk factors are tobacco, alcohol, and smoking. Regular dental visits can help to detect oral cancer early.
Sensitivity – It is most common dental problem now days. You may experience pain or discomfort to your teeth from sweets, cold air, hot drinks, cold drinks, ice creams. It can be treated.
Tooth ache – It can be caused by infection, injury or tooth decay. Sleeping with a tooth ache can be difficult. Some people use home remedies for tooth ache. You should talk to your dentist before using natural remedies like clove oil, mango bark, guava leaves etc. there can be allergies or reactions to the plants or oil used.
Unattractive smile – Unattractive smile can really lower a person’s self esteem. Anyone can have a beautiful smile now days. Various procedures like Teeth Whitening, Implants, Veneers, Crowns, Gum depigmentation, Orthodontic treatment (Braces) can be done to make your smile more bright and beautiful.
Dr. Preeti Gupta dental consultant at Grecian Super Speciality Hospital Mohali suggest that everyone should visit dentist after every six month.
At home you can practise good oral hygiene:
Brush twice a day for at least two minutes, using fluoridated toothpaste.
Floss daily to remove plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach.
Eat a healthy diet to provide the nutrients necessary (vitamin A and vitamin C in particular) to prevent gum disease.
Avoid cigarette and smokeless tobacco, which are known to contribute to gum disease and oral cancer.
Visit the dentist regularly for cleanings and exams. This is one of the most effective ways to detect the early signs of any dental problem specially gum disease and cavities.