Over 500,000 people get dental implants in America alone annually, at least 69% of people at the age of 35-40 have lost at least one tooth. At least 15 million people have crowns and bridges around the world. That is a startling statistic just because we didn’t take our oral health as serious as we should. That’s why people like soupy sales famously said …
“Be true to your teeth and they won’t be false to you”.
WHO defines oral health as “a state of being free from chronic mouth and facial pain, oral and throat cancer, oral infection and sores, periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay, tooth loss, and other diseases and disorders that limit an individual’s capacity in biting, chewing, smiling, speaking, and psychological discomfort.
She didn’t know why his breath was so bad, he didn’t know that every single thing he ate affected his breathing. She wasn’t always comfortable talking to people until he researched and found out brushing with stomach conditions which should be treated differently, it doesn’t erase the place of oral health or hygiene in a person’s life.
Your dental health is the gateway to your overall health, so why not take very good care of it?
The following are reasons why dental/oral hygiene is important
- Prevention of heart disease: You don’t have to worry about the bacteria from your gums entering your bloodstream and causing a clog in the arteries increasing the risk of a heart attack. With your dental health in place, your chances of having a heart disease are less.
- Alzheimer’s disease: You won’t have to worry about bacteria causing gingivitis sipping through the bloodstream to cause the kind of plague linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have shown that gum disease is a leading cause in the decline of cognitive ability.
- Calculus: With proper dental care such as brushing, flossing, tooth brushing Etc you don’t have to worry about inflammation that leads to bone loss or leading to your teeth getting loose.
- Pregnancy and birth: Peritonitis have being linked to premature birth and low birth weight, now imagine if you took care of your dental health. All of these problems would have been avoided altogether, instead of imagining it why not do it? Take care of your dental health.
- Diabetes: Gum disease is more common with people with diabetes, research also shows that people with gum disease find it harder to control sugar levels, also people with undergoing periodontal care easily control diabetes.
The oral health is more important than you know as it is a window to your overall health and a deficiency in oral health is linked to a lot of other bodily diseases.
The following are lifestyle choices that will help keep your teeth and gums healthy.
- Limit coffee, soda, and alcohol: these sodas contain a high level of phosphorus which is a necessary mineral in the mouth, too much phosphorus can deplete the level of calcium in the mouth. Milk is a healthier substitute as it increases the level of calcium in the teeth.
- Drink tap water
- Daily doses of vitamin C and D: These vitamins and other minerals support the bone and gum tissue, making it healthy.
- Put out the cigarette: We all know that cigarettes are bad for the teeth as it prevents the absorption of calcium, stains the teeth and has the potential to cause life-threatening diseases like oral cancer. I mean nobody wants this kind of struggle. Please be safe!
How can I protect my teeth?
- Brush your teeth at least twice daily with fluoride toothpaste: this will help reduce buildup in the mouth. The choice of the toothbrush is also very important, consider using an electric toothbrush in other to remove mild forms of gum diseases. Change your toothbrush regularly, wash your toothbrush and put it in an upright position, allow to air dry before you use it again.
- Floss regularly: Floss gently, don’t shrimp, keep it up, take it one tooth at a time.
- Eat a healthy diet and avoid unnecessary snacking
- Avoid tobacco use
- Schedule regular visits to the dentists: You should see your dentist for regular checks especially in cases where your gum is red, loose and swollen when you lose permanent teeth when there’s a change in the alignment of your teeth, persistent bad breath, over sensitivity to hot or cold water.
Your dental health is so important, personally, I have had a cavity and a molar removed and it is not funny, so see a Dentist in New Town. For those with bad breath that observe good hygiene, you may have some bacteria in your stomach or some fungi in your mouth causing the problem, so see a doctor about that as soon as possible and when you brush DO NOT ignore your tongue.
Healthy teeth, healthy life!!!