ORAL HEALTH AND DISEASE PREVENTION

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Maintaining good oral hygiene is not all about keeping your teeth strong, it is also about your overall mouth health which means you do not have any oral problems. Good oral health also means overall wellness too.

There are a lot of benefits you can get if only you are able to maintain good oral hygiene. Aside from having a beautifully white smile, you will also be able to avoid bad breath, serious medical complication resulting from poor oral health, and dental problems which you can just avoid.

Below are the most common oral diseases you may want to avoid by keeping a good oral hygiene:

  1. Dental Cavities – Cavities or caries are primarily caused by the plaque build-up on teeth, which produces acid and destroys tooth enamel. This can be avoided by brushing and flossing daily, and having regular dental checkups to remove the bacteria before it hardens as a tartar. Tartar can no longer be removed by brushing, dental cleaning would do the job. Cavities can be fixed by fillings but if the tooth is already badly destroyed, the dentist may remove it or cover it with a dental cap.
  1. Gum Disease – Gum diseases range from mildly swollen to bleeding gums to tooth loss. Many forms of gum diseases occur in adults and begin with gingivitis caused by plaque irritating the soft tissues along the gumline. As the bacteria increases, the gum disease gets worse. This will eventually result to tooth loss and further or complicated gum infection.

If the gum disease has progressed, your dentist may require you to undergo root scaling and planning to remove all the plaque from your mouth. During a scaling, the dentist scrapes plaque and tartar from the teeth both above and below the gumline. Then scaling will be done to smoothen the rough surfaces of the teeth where the bacteria accumulates and build up.

  1. Infectious Diseases – oral herpes is one of the most common oral diseases. This occurs in patients who are exposed to the herpes simplex virus. Patients who are HIV positive are also frequently seen with fungal and viral infections. These conditions often cause cold sores and fever blisters to develop on the lips, under the tongue and in the soft tissues inside your cheeks. This can be contagious when in contact with others. It is imperative that you immediately take action when you experience early stages of a cold sore.
  1. Oral Cancers – Oral cancers do not show symptoms of the early stages. Oral cancer appears as a sore in the mouth that does not go away. The cells that grow invade your mouth and damage surrounding tissues. If not diagnose early, it will affect your lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palates, and pharynx. This can threaten your life if not diagnosed right away.

Regular dental checks are the only ways for you to have an early detection of this condition

  1. Gingivitis – Gingivitis is caused by a variety of bacteria that settles in the gum line and under the gum line. These bacteria produce toxins which cause swelling and inflammation to the gums, and eventually bleeding. If gum diseases are left untreated, this lead to periodontal disease. And when certain bacteria are breathed into the lungs, this can cause pneumonia.
  1. Hand, foot and mouth disease – Hand, foot and mouth diseases are common among toddlers and school aged children and this is caused by a certain virus called Coxsackie A16.
  1. Herpangina – Herpangina usually infects children aged three to 10 during summer and fall. This is a disease related to hand, foot and mouth and characterized by fever, sore throat and difficulty in swallowing. This often lasts for two to three days.
  1. Canker Sores – Canker sores are being called as apthous ulcers which are common in children and adolescents. Canker sores are lesions that form in the gums and other mouth tissues.
  1. Oral Herpes – Oral herpes is an infection caused by the herpes simplex virus, and can be characterized by flu – like symptoms on the first infection. Once infected, the virus has a permanent presence in the body, but the infection itself can stay inactive with proper care.

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