At Skye Dental we are passionate about your Oral Health. Oral health is an important part of overall health, social, and emotional health for people of all ages. The main diseases that affect oral health are tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancers and these conditions are largely preventable. There are many ways which you can undertake to maintain your healthy smile!
How Your Oral Health Affects the rest of your body
Oral health doesn’t just affect your mouth and smile, it affects your whole body. A 2011 report by Dental Health Services Victoria found poor dental health is linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and dementia. A 2004 Belgian study showed a strong correlation between heart and gum disease, with 91 per cent of patients diagnosed with cardiovascular problems also suffering from gum disease.
Systemic conditions such as AIDS or diabetes, for example, often first become apparent as mouth lesions or other oral problems. In fact, according to the Academy of General Dentistry, more than 90 per cent of all systemic diseases produce oral signs and symptoms.
Keeping good oral hygiene to maintain healthy mouth, teeth, gums, and tongue affects your whole wellbeing.
Why have good oral health?
Having good oral health and hygiene can help prevent many things, such as tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, and can help you keep your teeth as you get older. An unhealthy mouth due to bad hygiene habits may increase your risk of serious health problems such as heart attack, stroke etc.
How to maintain good oral health
Maintaining a healthy mouth is about good daily habits. Following these 5 steps will help you ensure your oral health is tip top!
5 steps for good oral health:
- Brush twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste and clean in between your teeth with floss or small brushes daily. We advise you invest in an electric toothbrush, which will help you brush for the optimal amount of time (2 minutes), and will do a more thorough job of cleaning your teeth than using a manual brush.
- Drink fluoridated tap water – a 2014 National Health and Medical Research Council report showed a 26 to 44 per cent decrease in tooth decay in people who drank fluoridated water.
- Wear a mouthguard when playing sport as dental injuries can cause pain and loss of teeth.
- Avoid smoking as it contributes to gum disease and oral cancer.
- Minimise sugar in your diet. Sugars help bacteria turn into acids that cause decay. If you eat or drink something sugary or acidic, rinse your mouth with water afterwards. Also avoid snacking, as this increases the food that remains in your mouth throughout the day.
What does good oral hygiene look like?
Good oral hygiene results in a mouth that looks and smells healthy. This means:
- Your teeth are clean and free of debris
- Gums are firmly held against teeth and do not hurt or bleed when you brush or floss. If your gums are bleeding when you brush or floss, you need to brush and floss more, don’t stop! The bleeding will subside as you clean your gums more thoroughly.
- Bad breath is not a constant problem.
Our wonderful dentists at Skye Dental can help you learn good oral hygiene techniques and can help point out areas of your mouth that may require extra attention during brushing and flossing.
Come down to our practice, or call us at 3823 1896 to book an appointment today!
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