Health is one of the most important things in life and everyone has to have care of body and mind conditions. Oral health is part of general health and it is essential to look after it for many different reasons: mouth is a mirror of our health, is a door between our body and the rest of the world and our teeth are tightly connected with bones and with heart and sometimes also with our mental conditions.
Teeth health. Its importance.
Correcting crooked teeth can bring benefits to spinal column or can improve facial or neck pains; because of infections due to cavities, bacteria can be spread from teeth to blood and to circulatory system; stress or anxiety, along with bite irregularities, can cause grinding teeth and lead to TMD, temporomandibular joint disorders.
Often people go to the dentist only when they feel pain, but it is important to remember that periodic and regular check-ups are very useful to mantain oral health, to prevent diseases and maybe to save money. Nowadays dentistry diagnosis and treatments are more comfortable than ever, so fear of the dentist is no longer justified.
From childhood to the older there are some general advices that doctors suggest to better take care of our mouth health: follow a daily oral hygiene brushing teeth (and tongue) at least two times a day and flossing one time: about brushing is has to be gentle and it is important to learn the right movements; be careful of sugar, starchy food and frequent snacks and have a balanced diet; replace toothbrush every three or four months.
Both adult and children can use fluoride; fluoride can strenghten teeth, but it is better to talk with doctors about its need.
These rules are important to avoid proliferation of plaque, the first responsible of bad breath, caries, periodontal diseases and tooth loss.
Oral health. Good habits.
There are patients that can suffer more than other because of their particular conditions: for example females patients can report gum diseases due to hormone levels’ changes; people with diabete or people who suffers of inherited dental diseases. Users of tobacco or alcohol are suggested to quit because according to scientific studies use of tobacco and alcohol increases the risk of oral cancer. Oral cancer can be first diagnosed by the dentist during a checkup.