Oral health and hygiene is just as important a factor to your bodily health as any other. Keep cavities at bay and give your dentist a break, by following these simple steps for healthy teeth and gums.
We’ve all been there – that shameful moment when your dentist asks how often you floss, and you most likely reply, “Not often enough,” while he or she clucks disapprovingly, shaking their head.
Turns out they know what they’re talking about.
In Oman, nearly 85 per cent of children between the ages of six and eight suffer from tooth decay, according to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Health (MoH). However, the number of cases of patients with gum diseases are also on the rise.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is one of the main threats to dental health, but maintaining a healthy mouth goes beyond the benefits of a bright smile.
Gum disease is a chronic, inflammatory condition, and recent studies suggest that it, along with tooth decay, may be associated with an increased risk of other inflammatory conditions, including heart attack and stroke if left untreated.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the U.S. describes common warning signs of gum disease, including bad breath, gums that are red, swollen, bleeding, or tender; pain when chewing; loose or sensitive teeth; receding gums; change in bite; and change in the fit of partial dentures. Additional factors that increase the risk of gum disease include smoking, diabetes, stress, and poor oral hygiene.