Good oral health means more than just healthy teeth. It also involves healthy gums, tongue, and mouth, as well as healthy tissues in the throat. Good oral health can also include healthy saliva production. Saliva is the body’s first line of defense against harmful oral bacteria. Without saliva, oral bacteria can grow unimpeded, causing numerous oral and overall health problems. Good oral health can also include a healthy facial appearance and straight teeth. Untreated oral issues can lead to misaligned teeth and poor facial appearance.
Most people with a healthy mouth will not experience any symptoms. However, the most common symptoms associated with poor dental health include:
Plaque is the film of bacteria that builds up in the mouth. Plaque causes cavities and gum disease. To prevent this buildup, remember to brush and floss your teeth regularly. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush your teeth at least twice a day. You should also floss your teeth once a day.
Having regular dental cleanings and exams should be a priority for everyone, regardless of age. These preventive visits allow your dental team to catch problems at their earliest stages. If you have dental insurance, these visits are often covered at 100%, making them even more affordable.
One of the most important things you can do for your oral health is to maintain a healthy and well-balanced diet. Although eating a variety of healthy foods is beneficial to your body, it is especially beneficial to your oral health. Many of the foods you eat have a direct effect on your teeth. For example, foods that are high in sugar and carbohydrates can weaken the enamel of your teeth and result in a greater risk of tooth decay. Foods like candy, cookies, and soft drinks can cling to the enamel of your teeth, which can create a perfect environment for bacteria to grow and multiply. When it comes to your oral health, it is always best to avoid sugary foods, especially when they are eaten between meals. If you are unable to brush your teeth after eating, drink water to rinse your mouth. This can help to remove sugars or acids from your mouth, as well as dislodge any food particles that may be stuck between your teeth.
Everyone knows that smoking is bad for your health. Smoking increases your risk for heart disease, stroke, and osteoporosis, along with many types of cancer. Here are some ways smoking affects your mouth.
Oral health problems due to smoking include:
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