Oral health is not only crucial to your physical appearance and self-esteem, but also to your overall well-being. Additionally, gum disease and cavities may contribute to other serious conditions, such as diabetes or respiratory disease. Untreated cavities can also cause pain and lead to severe infections. Some studies have also shown a link between poor oral health and heart disease.

Maintaining proper oral health means keeping your teeth free from cavities and preventing gum disease. Poor oral health can have a negative impact on the self-image of your children, and has been linked to sleeping problems, as well as behavioural and developmental problems in young adults.

Poor oral health can even affect your ability to chew and digest food properly; however, nutrition and proper oral care are instrumental in helping build strong teeth and gums that can resist disease and promote the healing of oral health issues. (hc-sc.gc.ca)

Here is a list of some major types of oral health issues and what you can do to treat and prevent them: (mouthhealthy.org)

Gum disease

The initial stages of gum disease are called gingivitis, which is the only phase that is reversible. If not treated properly, gingivitis may lead to a more serious, damaging form of gum disease called periodontitis. It is possible to have gum disease and yet exhibit no warning signs. This is of course a major reason why regular dental checkups an examinations are so imperative. Treatment methods for gum disease depend upon how far the condition has progressed. Good oral hygiene at home is essential to help prevent periodontal disease from becoming more serious. Eat a balanced diet, schedule regular dental visits, brush twice a day, and clean between your teeth daily to help keep your mouth healthy for life.

Missing Teeth

If you are missing one or more of your teeth, it is important to take steps to correct the problem. For starters, a space between your teeth may affect how you talk or eat. A missing molar for example can have an adverse affect on the way you chew. This could cause the remaining teeth to shift, and in some cases, bone loss can occur around a missing tooth. The good news is that with today’s dental technology you don’t have to suffer from missing teeth.

Here are some options to replace a lost tooth or teeth:

  • Bridges – Anchored to your adjacent teeth, these can be removable or fixed.
  • Dentures – An option if you’ve lost all or most of your teeth.
  • Implants – Most similar to a natural tooth.

Sensitivity

If hot or cold foods make you wince, you may have a common dental problem – sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth can be treated. Your dentist may suggest a desensitizing toothpaste or an alternative treatment based on the reason behind your sensitivity. A strong oral hygiene regimen is the key to preventing sensitive-tooth pain. Ask your dentist if you have any concerns about tooth sensitivity or questions about your daily oral hygiene routine.

Sensitivity in your teeth can happen for several reasons, including:

  • Cavities
  • Fractured teeth
  • Worn Fillings
  • Gum Disease
  • Worn Tooth Enamel
  • Exposed Tooth Roots

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