Well! Nothing seems to be alright when you feel an inch of ache in your body and ignoring that constant sweet pain can someday lead to a grievous one that you definitely cannot ignore. And that is the time when you decide to see a doctor.
No doubt! You should see a doctor but what if we rewind a bit and start taking care of our overall hygiene a little bit early and take it seriously?
Just like any other body part, our world seems to be tasteless when our oral health starts to lose its worth. Prevention should always be the primary focus. Good oral health has many benefits, not only for our mouth but for our overall well-being too, and practicing good dental hygiene can prevent every oral disease and other dental problems.
Some studies suggest that the bacteria in gums can travel to your heart and cause heart disease, clogged arteries, or stroke. Gum infections, such as periodontitis, have been linked to premature births and low birth weight in pregnant women.
Diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection, making the gums more susceptible to infection, which can adversely affect blood sugar. And painful mouth sores are common in people who have HIV.
You must see a dentist if you experience pain, bleeding gums, swelling, both inside and outside the mouth, tenderness, blisters, ulcers that don’t heal, or noticeable changes in color or texture of the soft tissues.
These could all be the indications of a serious or potentially serious condition, such as mouth cancer or chronic gum disease. Every single tooth in your mouth is a living thing, and like everything, it can die too. Different reasons lead to a dead tooth, but no matter the reason, you need to go in for a medical checkup immediately.
Children are not the only ones who need to be told to take care of their teeth and provide them children’s dentistry. Adults, especially as they age, need to become more vigilant when it comes to maintaining oral health. When adults begin to age, their teeth begin to age along with them. Their teeth may appear darker than before, which is due to the dentin becoming thicker.
Here are some other practices you can adopt to maintain oral health:
The best way to prevent having problems with your teeth and gums would be to brush regularly, floss your teeth, Once you complete your brushing and flossing of the teeth; you must use a mouthwash to rinse and clean your mouth. This ensures you a more comprehensive clean because the mouthwash reaches places your brush and floss have not reached. By having proper care of your teeth, you will have a good chance of keeping your mouth healthy.
Make an effort to brush your teeth two times in one day.
Never brush your teeth roughly, but brush it gently.
Use either an electric toothbrush or a soft-bristled toothbrush to protect your gums and tooth enamel.
After brushing your teeth, you should floss your teeth. If not twice, floss your teeth at least once during the day.
If you wear dentures, you should clean them every day, take them out of your mouth while going to bed, and take them out for four hours every day to give your mouth a rest.
If you smoke or chew tobacco, you should stop right now, as the habit will only worsen the appearance of your teeth.
The most important practice to adopt is to make an appointment with a dentist once every month to obtain dental care.
Adults with a disability may need to rely on their children’s help to preserve their oral health.
These are some of the things we must take into consideration while aiming to have healthy oral health. As discussed before, remember that our teeth are as equally important as any other body part and that’s why they require equal care like that of any other body part. It might look like it is avoidable but it isn’t. You must think about it before it is too late.
Shakeel is one of the leading dentists in london, Consultant and Honorary Clinical Professor at The Royal London Dental Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust and Queen Mary University of London. Shakeel specialises in treating patients requiring complex and advanced restorative treatment including surgical placement and restoration with dental implants.