When thinking about your overall health, it is easy to overlook your teeth and mouth, however, your oral health can play a large part in your health altogether. It is absolutely essential to properly take care of your teeth and mouth so that you can eat without problems and engage in normal everyday activities such as talking, laughing and smiling.
Tooth decay occurs when an individual doesn’t take adequate care of their teeth and gums, it can lead to cavities and gum disease, which develops as a result of a buildup of plaque because of bacteria that has not been removed from the gums. Brushing your teeth two times daily with a good fluoride toothpaste is important, as is flossing between your teeth at the gum line once per day. This will allow you to promote good oral health and prevent problems such as cavities and gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis.
If you have flossed on an infrequent basis for many years or even just months, you may find that your gums have become red, swollen and sore, they may even bleed in the worst case scenario. This can result in the development of gingivitis or periodontitis, which are infections that occur in the gums, they come about as a result of buildup of tartar, which simply brushing your teeth does not clear up. Gingivitis is the less serious of the two and can be reversed with the right treatment. Periodontitis is more serious and occurs because of tartar buildup as well, but it also causes loss of enamel in the teeth. Visiting your dentist as soon as symptoms appear can save your teeth, your dentist will tell you to begin flossing regularly and may prescribe a medicinal mouthwash that can help. You may also have to expect an appointment for root planning, in which the dentist scrapes away at the bacteria buildup below your gum line. This procedure is usually performed in two or more appointments and requires your mouth to be numbed.
Using a good mouthwash that contains alcohol will also help to keep your teeth and mouth its healthiest. This product works by not only loosening the excess food particles from between your teeth, but freshens the roof of your mouth as well, and you should also brush your tongue and the roof of the mouth in addition to your teeth to keep them healthy.
Avoid smoking if you want a healthy mouth. One of the most common types of cancer is oral cancer, which can occur as a result of smoking, but you can lower your risk of getting the disease by avoiding tobacco products or quitting smoking at your earliest convenience. Drinking of alcohol should be done in moderation, and you should eat a balanced diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables. Wear a lip balm that contains sunscreen when you are outdoors for added protection.
Melisa Cammack has been freelance writing for a number of years, and has been teaching elementary school for 9 years. She is currently writing on behalf of Dental Marketing, a dentist office marketing service, specializing in dentist postcards.