Oral and Dental Health
Oral health is the overall health of the mouth, including the teeth, gums, and other structures that make up the mouth. Good oral health is essential for maintaining overall health and well-being.
To maintain good oral health, it is important to practice good oral hygiene habits, such as:
-Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
-Flossing at least once a day
-Using an antiseptic mouthwash
-Limiting sugary and acidic foods and drinks
-Not smoking or using tobacco products
-Regularly visiting a dentist or dental hygienist for check-ups and professional cleanings
Common oral health problems include:
-Tooth decay: also known as cavities, is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth and produces acids that can erode the tooth enamel.
-Gingivitis: a mild form of gum disease that causes inflammation and bleeding of the gums.
-Periodontitis: a more severe form of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss if left untreated.
-Oral cancer: a serious condition that affects the mouth, tongue, and other parts of the oral cavity.
Regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings are essential for maintaining good oral health. During these appointments, the dentist or dental hygienist will check for signs of oral health problems, such as cavities, gingivitis, and oral cancer. They will also clean the teeth and remove any plaque or tartar that may have built up.
In addition to regular check-ups and cleanings, it is also important to see a dentist or dental specialist if you are experiencing any oral health problems, such as tooth pain, swelling, or bleeding gums.
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