Your oral health significantly impacts your overall health, confidence, physical looks, and presentation. The mouth is the pathway to a healthy body. Unfortunately, dental care is often underestimated. No matter your age, it is vital for you to take your oral health seriously.
According to the American Dental Association, about 100 million people fail to see a dentist each year. Many people wait until they are in pain before visiting a dentist. Scheduling regular checkups help to prevent dental diseases, detect problems early, and corrects issues early saving grief and money.
Oral Health Conditions
Some of the most common oral health conditions include dental caries, tooth decay, oral cancers, periodontal disease, and toothaches. Many oral health conditions are preventable and easy to treat during their early stages.
Dental Caries (Tooth Decay)
How does tooth decay happen? Sugars are added to foods, drinks, sweets, and candies by manufacturers and sugars are present in natural foods like honey, syrups, and fruit juices. When plaque forms on the tooth’s surface, they act on these sugars and convert them to acids that eventually degrade the teeth.
We advise to reduce sugary foods and drinks or abstain from them. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily can also remove food particles from your mouth and prevent plaque from forming.
Gum (Periodontal) Disease
Bleeding, gingivitis (swollen gums), and bad breath, and pain are indicators of gum disease. In severe conditions, the gum may lose its ability to hold the tooth.
Another way to tell if you have gum inflammation and or gingivitis is to look for swollen lymph nodes around the gum area. Gently press the fingers around the swollen nodes to see if they feel soft. If they feel tender, you may have gum disease, and you should see your dentist as soon as possible.
The best way to ensure a healthy mouth is by seeing your dentist regularly. Make an appointment at Jaffe Dental Group in Brownstown, Michigan today.