Oral Health Facts You Should Know

oral health facts

Brushing Twice a Day Helps to Keep the Cavities Away

Brushing your teeth properly, even just twice a day, will help remove bacteria and food debris from behind your teeth and prevent cavities. Floss daily to remove plaque at in-between the teeth where the toothbrush cannot reach. Removing plaque will also help to fight gum disease.

 Dental Check Ups Include Oral Cancer Screenings

The dentist and hygienist will screen you for signs of oral cancer at your regular dental check-ups. Someone in the US dies every hour of the day from oral cancer. In the early stages, oral cancer which affects the mouth, lips, and throat can usually be highly curable. Both visiting your dentist and avoiding tobacco are the keys to preventing oral cancer.​

Gum (Periodontal) Disease Affects Your Overall Health

Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults, as well as having been associated with heart disease and strokes. In the early stage, gingivitis can be treated and reversed. However, if untreated, it may progress to a more serious stage of gum disease, called Periodontitis, which results in bone loss. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings and brushing twice a day are your best defence against gum disease.

 Dental Cleanings and Check Ups Are Extremely Important

Maintaining good oral health means frequent check-ups and cleanings. Regular check-ups can help prevent cavities, root canals, gum disease, oral cancer, and other dental conditions. Don’t wait until you have a problem before you see your dentist.

 Bad Breath Could be the Result of a Dental Problem

People with persistent bad breath have a dental condition about 85 percent of the time. If bad breath is caused by a dental condition then mouthwash will only mask the odor and not cure it. Don’t be ashamed to talk to your dentist, he is there to help you. Regularly brushing and flossing your teeth and tongue can help reduce and possibly eliminate bad breath.

 Proper Nutrition Is Important for Good Dental Health

When the sugars from soft drinks and foods low in nutrients combine with the bacteria in our mouth, they are converted into acids that attack the tooth enamel, leading to cavities and gum disease. Eating a low-sugar diet can reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease.

 Dental Problems Do Not Get Better or Go Away Without Treatment

It is important to fix your teeth as soon as possible if your dentist suggests that you need dental work done. Even cavities will continue to get larger. If they reach the nerve in your tooth, the only options are a root canal or the tooth being extracted.

A Root Canal is Usually Not Painful

Root canals today are nothing like most people think. A root canal is as painless as getting a filling.

Change Your Toothbrush

It is recommended that you change your toothbrush every 4 to 6 weeks if you have gum disease because bacteria can harbor in your toothbrush. You should always rinse your toothbrush after every use with hot water, and change it after you have been sick.

Maintaining Good Dental Health Is Easy

The key to good dental health is seeing your dentist regularly and having a nutritious diet in addition to brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist for regular dental check-ups.

 

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