Oral Health

Basic instructions to a healthier mouth

When I was first asked to do an article on Oral Health education, I didn’t know where to begin. Simply because it a very wide subject, that covers not only the mouth but also general health. But through speaking to other people and asking questions it was clear to me to just start with the basics.

Oral health in recent years has become one of the most important topics talked about. Not only for cosmetic reasons such as tooth whitening (Simon Cowell’s blinding smile!) but also for general health. There is a rise in oral cancer. According to the British Dental Foundation (2014), over 1,900 people in the UK die from mouth cancer (oral cancer) every year. Many of these deaths could be prevented if the cancer was caught early enough. As it is, people with mouth cancer are more likely to die than those having cervical cancer or melanoma skin cancer. Also recent studies have linked poor oral health to cause or make worse heart disease, diabetes to name but a few. Now I don’t mean to scare anyone but those are the facts. Mainly in the Western society, the rise of sugar in our diet is a cause for concern because sugar is an enemy to our teeth. Not only has that cause the rise of obesity in our society. It’s not all doom and gloom. There are four simple routines to follow that can reduce the need for treatment every time you visit the dentist of in some cases only going to the dentist only when have a toothache, which sometimes can lead to tooth loss and can be expensive in the long   run, after all prevention IS better than cure.
The following will help you maintain a healthy mouth and save you money too! If tooth brushing, flossing, diet and visiting the dentist regularly. If any of these combination is neglected this leads to plaque formation in the mouth, plaque can be simply removed by tooth brushing and flossing. Otherwise mature plaque calcifies into calculus (tartar), which then leads to bleeding gums called gingivitis (gum...