Dental care means keeping teeth and oral soft tissues clean and bacteria-free. Multiple dental problems can arise if you do not take good care of your teeth. These include caries (cavities), gingivitis (sore gums), periodontitis (gum disease), staining and halitosis. Prevention of gum and other oral diseases is entirely dependent on the ability and the motivation of a person to maintain an adequate level of oral hygiene.These problems should be treated as soon as you notice them. Surgical correction of the problem at a Hornsby Dentist surgeryclinic is the only option left if you delay your dental treatment.
The status of your oral hygiene is also linked to systemic diseases. There is evidence that suggests that systemic diseases are more likely to occur in people who do not maintain an adequate level of oral hygiene. These systemic diseases include cardiovascular disorders, e.g., heart attack and stroke, as well as diabetes with its complications, and chest infections.
Halitosis, the scientific term for bad breath, is another important dental issue affecting many people. It is an unpleasant odor in exhaled breath which can result from poor dental care habits. It may also reflect other health problems such as chronic sinus infections, chronic acid reflux, disorders in the nasal cavity, pneumonia, bronchitis, and liver and kidney problems. Halitosis can be prevented by practicing good dental care to avoid buildup of harmful bacteria on teeth, gums, and tongue. Thoroughly brush your teeth twice a day. Use dental floss and other interdental aids to remove the plaque from areas which are not easily accessible to aregular toothbrush.
Research has proven that eating habits have a direct effect on your oral health status. Sugar-rich and acidic foods are the main factors that cause dental caries. So, limit the amount of sugar and acids in your diet. Limit the number of snacks between meals. Add foods rich in fluoride; vitamins A, C and D; calcium, and phosphate. People with a fluoride deficit are at a higher risk of developing cavities. Scurvy is a gum disease that is a direct resultof vitamin C deficiency.
Oral cancer is a fatal disease affecting thousands of people each year globally. According to the World Health Organization, it is the 11thmost prevalent cancer in the world. In Australia, incidence of oral cancer is higher in men than women. It may affect any oral structure, such as the lips, gums, cheeks, tongue, floor of the mouth, or throat. Risk factors include age, smoking, alcoholism, excessive sunlight, genetic predisposition, nutritional deficiencies, viral infections, and snuff, ghutka and betel quid use. Screening for oral cancer is considered to be an integral part of routine dental checkups. Seek immediateadvice of a qualified dental surgeon at theDentist Hornsbyif you notice any unusual soreness, mark, or ulcer in your mouth, face or neck that does not heal in 2 weeks. Early diagnosis and treatment of oral cancer improves the prognosis.