Dental Health Maintenance

By | May 9, 2017

Many times when people contemplate health issues, they do not think in terms of dental well-being. In difficult financial times, it is common for dental treatment to be put off. Dentists say it’s dire to continue your dental care.

The primary contributor of oral cancer is the use of tobacco. Just because it is the most common cause doesn’t mean it is the only one. People over 40 are generally the ones affected by this illness. Statistics show that, out of every patient diagnosed with oral cancer, only half of them will live longer than 5 years. Cancerous lesions may be prevented through diets high in vegetables and fruits, early detection can reverse effects, new treatments are available. New technologies exist that assist health professionals in identifying early stage oral lesions by helping the visualization of cancerous and pre-cancerous cells.

You may also contract a disease called Periodontal, which harms the connective tissues around your teeth. The advanced forms of this disease include gingivitis (which is treatable) and periodontitis. Smoking, medications, and defective fillings are known factors that can contribute to this disease. Symptoms of this disease are bleeding gums, front teeth spreading out, foul breath and increasing gaps between each tooth. To prevent this disease good home dental care is essential, which means you should follow a daily regimen of brushing, flossing, and rinsing with antiseptic mouthwash, and regularly schedule visits to the dentist.

Cavities are an infection, if you don’t take care of your dental hygiene and you consume a lot of high sugar content food, then the chance is very good for cavities. There is a material that has been used to fill cavities in teeth for over a hundred years called dental amalgam, and it’s made of several metallic materials. For years, people have expressed concerns over the safety of mercury in dental fillings. The National Institutes of Health and other organizations in the US Public Health Service, and the World Health Organization. Dental amalgams are popular fillings because they are inexpensive, convenient, durable, and strong, but other filling choices are available. White composite fillings are the most common alternative to amalgam fillings. They are popular for aesthetic reasons because they restore the natural appearance of the tooth, and since they bond to the tooth, composite fillings restore most of the original strength of the tooth.

Nothing compares to the benefits of keeping your appointments to get your teeth cleaned and inspected to keep the health of your mouth in check. Since a 48 year old didn’t see the dentist for almost 10 years, he had to have a root canal, followed by a crown, then a deep cleaning. When periodontal disease appears, deep pockets of inflammation take shape. The problem areas cannot be reached through normal brushing. Many methods the dentists have developed allow them to go deep and remove the bacteria and infected tissues. And by making the root surfaces smoother, build up of tartar will be reduced. A Small investment of checking your oral health consistently can result in a huge economic benefit in the future.

At some point, everybody experiences a bout of bad breath or halitosis. This isn’t surprising, when you consider the causes of halitosis and how easily they’re triggered. Any time you eat raw onions or a lot of garlic, you’re going to have bad breath. The other causes of bad breath beside food include such things as poor oral hygiene, the use of tobacco and a simple case of dry mouth. And certain medical conditions, ranging from sinus drippage to liver or kidney disease, can also cause bad breath. One way you can prevent bad breath is to avoid odor-causing foods, because bits of the food and bacteria can become lodged in the taste buds and lead to bad mouth odor. To avoid these odors, using mouthwash, a tongue scraper, and brushing your tongue with a toothbrush is quite effective. We have made great leaps since the early Babylonians of 3500 BC, practiced the technique of chewing on sticks. The most important tool in keeping teeth healthy still remains the basic tooth brush no matter how much technology is available.