Good dental or oral care is important to maintaining healthy teeth, gums and tongue. Oral problems, including bad breath, dry mouth, canker or cold sores, TMD, tooth decay, or thrush are all treatable with proper diagnosis and care. Regular Dental check-ups are essential along with having a good hygiene routine. Having the right toothbrush for your oral needs is important along with a good mouthwash and dental floss.
Healthy teeth are important for your child's chewing and nutrition. They also help their speech, health and wellbeing. Daily cleaning and avoiding sugary food and drink protects them against tooth decay.
Oral manifestations of diabetes include: burning mouth syndrome, candidiasis, dental caries, gingivitis,neurosensory dysesthesias, periodontitis, salivary dysfunction, taste dysfunction and xerostomia. Therefore, good blood glucose control is important. In addition, daily brushing of teeth, flossing and regular dental check-ups are recommended.
Dental and oral health is an essential part of your overall health and well-being. Poor oral hygiene can lead to dental cavities and gum disease, and has also been linked to heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is a lifelong commitment. The earlier you learn proper oral hygiene habits — such as brushing, flossing, and limiting your sugar intake — the easier it’ll be to avoid costly dental procedures and long-term health issues.
- between 60 and 90 percent of school children have at least one dental cavity
- nearly 100 percent of adults have at least one dental cavity
- between 15 and 20 percent of adults ages 35 to 44 have severe gum disease
- about 30 percent of people around the world ages 65 to 74 don’t have any natural teeth left
- in most countries, out of every 100,000 people, there are between 1 and 10 cases of oral cancer
- the burden of oral disease is much higher in poor or disadvantaged population groups
There are many steps you can take to keep your mouth healthy. For example, dental and oral disease can be greatly reduced by:
- brushing your teeth with flouride toothpaste at least twice a day
- flossing your teeth at least once a day
- decreasing your intake of sugar
- eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables
- avoiding tobacco products
- drinking flouridated water
- seeking professional dental care
You shouldn’t wait until you have symptoms to visit your dentist. Going to the dentist twice a year will usually allow them to catch a problem before you even notice any symptoms. If you experience any of the following warning signs of dental health issues, you should make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible:
- Ulcers, sores, or tender areas in the mouth that won’t heal after a week or two
- Bleeding or swollen gums after brushing or flossing
- chronic bad breath
- sudden sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures or beverages
- pain or toothache
- loosed teeth
- receding gums
- pain with chewing or biting
- swelling of the face and cheek
- clicking of the jaw
- cracked or broken teeth
- frequent dry mouth
If any of these symptoms are accompanied by a high fever and facial or neck swelling, you should seek emergency medical treatment.