Dental Health

Dental health refers to the overall health of the teeth, gums and general mouth region and is something that must be maintained throughout life. The typical method of maintaining dental health is regular brushing of the teeth with toothpaste, rinsing the mouth with mouthwash, flossing in between teeth and going to a dentist for regular checkups. Despite thorough cleaning twice a day, most people at some point need further treatment, such as a tooth filling or tartar removal, as plaque and decay builds up over time as part of the natural aging process. Bad oral health can lead to a number of more serious health issues.

If one neglects their dental health problems can range from discoloring and bad breath, to more dramatic problems like heart disease. The constant swallowing of saliva that has come in to contact with bad teeth and germs can get in to the blood stream and damage the heart and cause a long list of other issues.

Common problems resulting from bad dental health include weak and receding gums, cavities and damaged teeth, discoloring and staining of the teeth, respiratory infections, diabetes, pregnancy problems, and even Osteoporosis.

Your diet can also have an impact on your dental health. For children a big problem is the excessive eating of sweets and drinking of sugary drinks. Sugar and other chemicals in sweets and drinks can speed up the decaying process. A good prevention measure is to drink water to swill the mouth and chew sugar free gum after eating sweets. If a child must drink fizzy and sugary drinks, using a straw can help bypass the drink’s contact with the teeth.

Sticking to a regular cleaning routine and watching what you eat can make a dramatic improvement in dental health.

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