Dental health

It is a common misconception that as you age, your teeth are destined to be lost. Developments in dentistry, however, allow many people to maintain good dental health and reach the age of 50 without having lost any of their teeth. In recent times, the focus has been treating the problem rather than preventing it from occurring. As a result, many people endured painful procedures, had to lose their teeth or had to live with large, unpleasant fillings.

Lack of oral hygiene can not only lead to bad breath and tooth decay, but can also lead to gingivitis, which carries the complication of tooth loss as well as the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Gingivitis and other dental diseases, if caught early, can be treated or even reversed. For this reason it is important to visit the dentist at regular intervals and maintain good oral health.

Since tooth decay becomes more common as you age, it is recommended that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, as well as floss between your teeth to remove plaque, which can cause gum disease. This will also help combat bad breath. If you suffer from tooth sensitivity, there are special types of toothpaste available. Antimicrobial mouthwashes are also useful but should not be used as a substitute for brushing.

If you have a set of dentures, it is important to clean your mouth and your dentures properly everyday. You should also have them checked every few years so that the dentist can test the stability and structure of your dentures as well as your bite. This is done in case your dentures need changing. Other services you may opt for include cleaning and polishing of your dentures.

A bad diet can also pose a threat to your dental health
. Foods that are bad for your teeth include sweets, starch such as bread, cereals, cookies, rice and pasta, sugar, including brown sugar, honey, juice or any drink containing sugar. Foods that are good for your teeth include cheese and chewing gum containing xylitol. It is clear that some foods that are bad for your teeth are essential for a balanced diet. To get around this issue it is good to mix good foods with the bad foods and the neutral foods, which are proteins.

Smoking is the leading behavioural risk for periodontal disease. The more you smoke, your risk of developing the disease will increase, and the disease itself will be more severe. Smoking promotes inflammation and can also cause receding gums and bone loss even without the presence of periodontal disease, as it causes loss of bone and tissue that support the teeth. In light of this, stopping smoking is a highly effective tool in the prevention and management of periodontal disease.

It is clear that maintenance of good dental health requires a multi-factorial approach, but it can be achieved. Take care of your teeth and have the confidence to find more reasons to smile.

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