22 Oct 2020 6 things you may not know about your oral health
1. Gum health is the gateway to your general health
Your gums play a bigger role in your oral and general health than you might think. They help shield your body from infections and complications – so when your gum health is challenged, the rest of your body is, too. In fact, gum disease has been linked to a number of serious conditions, including diabetes, heart disease and strokes. Half of Americans aged 30 or over suffer from severe gum disease*. Help protect your gums by gently cleaning your gum line and in-between your teeth to remove and prevent the build-up of plaque.
2. Tooth decay is permanent, and can’t be reversed
Unlike the rest of your body, enamel – the critical protective layer of our teeth – doesn’t have living cells, meaning it can’t repair itself. Once it’s damaged, all you can do is try to prevent further decay. Take a proactive approach to tooth health with toothpaste and mouth rinse products that contain fluoride to protect and remineralize your teeth.
3. Plaque is your biggest enemy
Plaque is the source of all (or most) evil. It’s a harmful mass of bacteria living in your mouth that feeds off of sugars and leftover foods. Plaque starts out being sticky, and colorless, but when it’s not eliminated, it turns into yellow tartar that’s totally impossible to remove without the help of a dentist. This leads to the damaging of your enamel, because the bacteria transforms the leftover foods and sugars into acids, causing cavities, tooth decay and gum disease. Make sure to remove and prevent plaque by brushing, flossing and rinsing your mouth after every meal.
4. Your mouth contains over 800 different types of bacteria!
The mouth is a very complex ecosystem. The average healthy oral cavity contains about 800 different types of bacteria, with each tooth holding more than a billion bacteria. When your oral flora is balanced, your body has a strong natural defense system to prevent the onset of disease. But when there’s an imbalance, your immune system is more vulnerable, which makes you more susceptible to oral health complications. Make sure to use gentle products, without harsh substances, so as to not offset the balance of good and bad bacteria in your mouth, keeping their habitat just right.
5. Most oral health conditions are largely preventable and can be treated in their early stages.
Good oral health calls for more than just brushing your teeth. The majority of serious dental problems don’t become apparent or become painful until they’re in their advanced stages so it’s important to catch them in their early stages. A routine dental visit isn’t just about getting your teeth cleaned and polished to keep them looking nice and healthy. Your dentist will check your mouth, cheeks, gums, teeth and your tongue to ensure that there are no signs of gum disease, tooth decay or anything else that could potentially cause you problems.
6. You don’t have to go to the dentist for a routine dental checkup. Get your dental check-up through your smartphone.
It’s not always easy to visit a dentist. We lead busy lives so it’s not always convenient with work or family commitments. Many still fear the dentist and delay their check-ups. Cost can also be a factor. Now you can stay on top of your oral health by completing your dental check-up through your phone. With Toothpic, we ask you some simple questions and to capture some images and you’ll receive a detailed report from a qualified dentist in your area giving advice and guidance within 24 hours. Get the peace of mind you need from the comfort of your home.
*Source – perfio org