Not only is oral health important to your appearance, it is also important to your overall health. Dental problems such as cavities and gum diseases may lead to conditions like diabetes and heart disease among others.
Maintaining good oral health involves keeping the teeth free from cavities and gum diseases. Not only can poor oral health affect your appearance and self esteem, it has also been linked to sleeping problems and development complications in children.
Strong teeth and gums usually require good nutrition so as to resist diseases and heal properly when they have to.
Smoking is one of the major causes of oral and dental diseases. Smoking leads to a reduction in the flow of blood to the gums. This means that the teeth do not get enough nutrients and oxygen.
Even though oral health is important for adults and seniors, many people do not seek professional dental care due to low incomes combined with a lack of dental insurance.
Cases of seniors living in long-term care facilities are very common. This is partly due to frailty, failing health and the increased dependence on other people for personal care. It is common for these people’s dental health problems not to be spotted until they are at an advanced stage.
There are also other serious health issues that can be brought about by poor oral health.
Gum disease results in inflammation of the gums. This may lead to weaknesses in the bone that supports the teeth. Plaque is a sticky colorless film of bacteria which is constantly building up and thickening on the teeth. In cases where this plaque is not removed on a daily basis, it may harden and lead to infections in the gums.
If gum disease is not treated, more serious diseases like heart disease and stroke are bound to develop, not mentioning the loss of teeth as well. Clogging of arteries and other blood vessels can also be brought about by plaque as it moves from the mouth into the bloodstream.
A link between diabetes and gum diseases has also been established. Diabetic people are more vulnerable to gum diseases. As such, they are at a great risk of complicating the diabetes they are already suffering from.
Expectant mothers should also observe oral health very keenly. Pregnant women who do not observe proper dental care are at a great risk of delivering premature babies with less than the average weight. This can put the child’s survival at a very great risk.
- Brush at least twice a day and floss your teeth daily
- Visit your dentist on a regular basis and report any dental problems
- Follow the healthy diet suggested in the Canada Food Guide to Healthy Eating
- Avoid smoking if you can
- Brush your children’s teeth for them until they are able to do it on their own
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