Maintaining Proper Dental Health

Dental health is often neglected, as individuals consider matters pertaining to their physical well-being. In difficult financial times, it is common for dental treatment to be put off. But there have been many warnings to keep up with your treatments.

The most common cause of oral cancer is the use of tobacco. But even people who have never smoked can still develop oral cancer. This condition becomes more common in people over forty years old. Statistics show that, out of every patient diagnosed with oral cancer, only half of them will live longer than 5 years. But there are things you can do: cancerous lesions in the mouth can be prevented by consuming large amounts of fruits and vegetables. Early detection and treatment is also important. Advances in medical science have allowed doctors to see cancerous or pre-cancerous cells in their earliest stages of growth.

Another medical condition that requires dental treatment is periodontal disease, an infection of the tissues that surround and support the teeth. There are two major stages of periodontal disease. The first stage, gingivitis, is a mild form and can be completely reversed. Periodontitis is more severe, and carries a less optimistic prognosis. There are many factors that can contribute to periodontal disease, among them smoking, defective fillings and medications. The symptoms of periodontal disease are: bleeding games, increased space between the teeth, and a bad smell in one’s breath. Only good oral care such as daily brushing, flossing and use of mouthwash can prevent this disease, as well as regular dentist visits.

If you don’t take care of your teeth and consume a diet high in sugar then you can get cavities in your teeth, which are a type of infection. Dental amalgam, which has been used for centuries as a cavity filler, is made of a combination of metallic elements including tin, copper, mercury and silver. These days there are some worries about the safety of using anything that includes mercury. The National Institutes of Health and other organizations in the US Public Health Service, and the World Health Organization. Since amalgam is convenient, very durable and strong, and costs less than other materials, it is used most often; however, you can find other filling materials out there. Another option available instead of amalgam fillings are white composite fillings. These are bonded directly to the teeth, are aesthetically pleasing and conform to existing tooth structure.

Nothing compares to the benefits of keeping your appointments to get your teeth cleaned and inspected to keep the health of your mouth in check. Consider the case of a 48-year-old accountant who neglected his dental care for a decade, and then was forced to have a root canal, a crown, and a deep cleaning. When periodontal disease appears, deep pockets of inflammation take shape. You can’t reach these areas with a toothbrush. To remove the bacteria and infected tissue, and smooth off the surface of the root to prevent additional tartar from building up, the dentist must scale and plane down the root to get at the inflamed pockets. The costs related to maintaining your oral health are much less than the costs will be if you should have dental problems.

All individuals will be affected by halitosis(bad breath) at some point in their lives. Halitosis has many catalysts, which may be brought on for a number of reasons. Offensive breath can be the result of a bowl of pasta with garlic, or a simple burger with onions. Dry mouth, tobacco, and poor dental hygiene, are other causes of bad breath. Postnasal drip can result in halitosis, as well as other, more serious illnesses involving the kidneys or liver. Avoiding odor causing foods can help eliminate bad breath because the food and bacteria gets trapped in our taste buds of our tongue-producing fowl odors. To avoid these odors, using mouthwash, a tongue scraper, and brushing your tongue with a toothbrush is quite effective. Advanced technologies have brought us a long way from the chewing-sticks used by the Babylonians as early as 3500 BC. But, proper tooth brushing is still your most powerful tool to maintain your dental health, despite all of the hype surrounding the latest technological advances.

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