The Aftermath of Oral Hygiene

What is oral hygiene?

Basically, Oral hygiene is all about the  proper way of cleaning your mouth to prevent gingivitis, cavities, periodontitis, tartar and most of all people hated the bad breath. It includes brushing teeth, cleaning the tongue, flossing, and visiting a dentist regularly. Hygiene helps the growth and regenerate your oral tissues. Also boost your self confidence and giving you a healthy body. Without proper hygiene can make improper balance of health. There are some things that you can do have a good oral hygiene. Tooth decay is the most usual problem worldwide, a global disease if I may say so.

  • Brushing teeth – brushing regularly is one of the most important things that you can do to have a healthy teeth and gums. Dentist recommendation in brushing teeth is at least two to three minutes and at least twice a day. Do not overbrush. Over-brushing can also lead to the risk of having damage gums and sensitive teeth.
  • Floss – using dental floss helps to remove those decaying foods stuck between your teeth and plaque. The decaying foods can cause soreness in the gum that leads to gum bleeding easily. That’s why flossing is also an important factor to clean and remove those hard to reach food particles that toothbrush can’t reach to gain a good clean mouth.
  • Tongue cleaning – is also a requirement, cleaning tongue removes fungi (such as Candida), dead cells, the white/yellow coating bacteria that generate bad breath and bacteria that may cause gum problems and tooth decay.
  • Food and drink – foods contain beauty vitamins and minerals that can help in oral heath. Water is one of them that contains fluoride and it is one of the primary defense of dental cavities. Vitamin C which is usually found in fruits help makes gum tissue healthy. Zinc and magnesium, these two elements found in meats helps for stronger teeth. There are foods that give benefits and some are harmful.
  • Beneficial foods – some foods help making teeth and gums healthy. This food helps fight the bacteria and increase saliva production inside our mouth. Saliva contains chemicals that are a main defense factor in our mouth.
  1. Dairy foods contain calcium and phosphate, which are the main component of teeth.
  2. Green tea contains polyphenol antioxidant that reduces the risk of having plaque, gum disease and cavities.
  3. Fruits contain Vitamin C the helps build cell together, keeping the gums tender and away from diseases.
  4. Animal meat and eggs contain calcium that is the most vital element of our teeth.
  5. Vegetables has a vitamin A that is necessary for the tooth enamel formation. Some of the vegetables are crunchy that also help clean gums.
  • Harmful Foods – Not all food that goes in our mouth are healthy and good for oral health. Sugar is the most common source of cavities. The more sugar mouth takes, the more the teeth is exposed to a low pH level (pH – is a measure of acidity of aqueous solution).  Carbohydrates can also damage indirectly to the teeth. The potato chips that we eat, it contains with starch and that starch is being converted into sugar by salivary amylase (an enzyme in saliva) that may also damage teeth.

 

Without proper oral hygiene some disease can be triggered, here are the list:

  • Bacterial Pneumonia
  • Cardiovascular Disease (Stroke and Heart attack)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Diabetes complications
  • Low/Extreme High Birth Weight
  • Obesity
  • Bad breath

These are the risk of disease if good oral health is not properly maintained in our regular daily basis and can be reduced or prevented. Generally it is recommended that good oral hygiene leads you to better health and lifestyle.

 Recommendation: Visit your dentist at least once or twice a year for a regular check of your teeth and gums and if you are a smoker try to visit your dentist more often.

 

The Connection Between Oral and Overall Health

Did you know that just because you have good oral health doesn’t mean anything? Having clean teeth, mouth and gums make a shinny sparkling smile. And did you know, that there is a connection  between oral and overall health? There’s a saying that “healthy mouth, healthy you” and which is really true according to scientific researchers. Here is some information for you to understand why oral health has a connection between overall health.

 

The Risk of Bad Oral Health

With clean mouth you prevent some deceases that may harm our body. There are lots of bacteria in our mouth which are some of them are good bacteria, those bacteria help our body to have some infections and without that bacteria body is prone to different kind of deceases. Here are some of them:

  • Diabetes – if the mouth has an inflammatory disease, it weakens the body to control blood sugar. Without sugar people’s body with diabetes will have a hard time producing insulin, the energy converted from sugar.
  • Memory loss – people with gingivitis (gum bleeding) has the tendency of having a worse test of memory.
  • Heart disease – inflammation of the gums may cause occlusion of the blood vessels of the body that may put the risk of having a heart attack.
  • Lung condition – with gingivitis, people sometimes swallow, causing bacteria to go in the lung that may weaken its immune system.
  • Preterm birth – woman who have severe gum problems had the high-rate risk of having preterm delivery and may give a low weight baby. The theory that oral bacteria releases toxic that can harm the fetus.

There are six (6) ways that good oral health do to your body and helps keeps you well and healthy. Always remember that keeping a regular oral hygiene makes a boost in overall health. These are the list them:

  1. Boost confidence, self-image and self-esteem.
  2. Reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
  3. Prevent memory loss/preserve memory.
  4. An aid to pregnant woman carry a baby to a term.
  5. Keeps the blood sugar circulation.
  6. Avoid the risk of having inflammation in your body and infections.

 

Bad Oral Health Prevention

There are lots of ways how to protect your mouth. These are some of them that can help you in your oral hygiene.

  • Brushing your teeth – one of the best protection for bad oral health. Make sure you do it at least twice a day.
  • Food – eating healthy diet foods reduces the ability of bad bacteria to grow. Also limit your time between meal snacks.
  • Floss – daily flossing helps and keep to remove those stains or foods left between your teeth that can start building or creating bad bacteria.
  • Change/replace your toothbrush every three (3) to four (4) months. Even replace toothbrush every time you feel that the bristles are worn off.
  • Have a regular dental check up from your doctor.

Remember: Every time you have there’s an oral problem comes, contact or go to your dentist to avoid gum, teeth or oral health problems.

 

Having a good oral health also boost your confidence and self-esteem. With a good and healthy mouth prevent you from having cavities, sleep well, eat proper food, even work with no worrying  of any gum and teeth aching. And with a clean mouth you have a clean saliva, which is the main defense again bad bacteria and viruses. Saliva contains a protein called histatin (anti-microbial and anti-fungal proteins) helps fight viral pathogens, such as HIV and the common cold. Always remember that oral hygiene or oral health is not just for the mouth, it is also connected to the overall health of your body. Clean mouth, clean body – healthy body.

Wisdom Tooth for a Thought

According to studies one out of four persons will have wisdom teeth. The development of these teeth comes once an individual is around twelve years old. Some may wonder, what is the function of wisdom teeth?

The wisdom teeth are commonly developed at the third molars. The experts believe that these parts of the teeth were used by the early human ancestors to grind plant tissues, for they have larger jaws and more teeth. This way they use them for chewing the cluster of the plant leaves, thus making it easier to digest. When human diets changed, the development of smaller jaws follows. In spite of these changes, wisdom teeth which are also called the third molars, are commonly developed in some individuals.

Removing Wisdom Teeth for 6 Reasons:

1. Want to have Peace of Mind. Avoiding complication is what everyone often wants. So there are people who choose to remove their wisdom teeth for health reason. It is believed that the early they are removed, it would easier to recover.
2. Even the asymptomatic or problem free state of wisdom teeth, it will remain a breeding ground for oral inflammation or infection. According to research, the inflammation has the possibility to enter the bloodstream and then may develop different diseases such as stroke, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
3. When there is inflammation and gum disease linked on wisdom teeth, it can result in tooth loss, deterioration of the jawbone and receding gum tissues.
4. When the wisdom teeth develop linked to cysts/tumors. It requires broad procedure to remove this type of wound, to be able to restore the appearance and jaw function.
5. For those with successful wisdom teeth gum tissue eruption, this area is observed to to clean thoroughly and have no meaningful function.
6. Research shows oral inflammation that linked with wisdom teeth can lead to low birth weight infants or premature birth.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction Procedure

To be able to proceed to the surgery of wisdom tooth extraction procedure, the patient shouldn’t have any infections or it will be delayed until the infection is cleared (with the use of antibiotics).

The dentist needs to take a closer look of your wisdom tooth beneath the gums by Xray. The result of the result of the x-ray will let the dentist see if root of the wisdom tooth is straight or not.

Before the dentist remove the wisdom tooth, the patient will be given a local anesthetic (to numb the tooth area to be removed). If there are several wisdom teeth to be removed, a general anesthetic can be used.

When the procedure is done, you’ll have stitches (some may be taken off or dissolved). The dentist will advise you about this. To stop the bleeding, a clean cotton gauze pad will be placed over the wound.

Tooth Abscess Talk

A bacterial infection that results to a pocket of pus is what tooth abscess. There are different parts of the tooth that can affect abscess:
• The Periodontal is an abscess appears and infect the gum next to the root tooth part.
• The Periapical is an abscess occurs at the tip of root tooth. This is the result when there is an untreated dental injury, cavity or some prior dental work.
• Pericoronal abscess, pertains to the soft tissues walling the top part of a tooth.
• Gingival abscess affecting the gum tissue only.
• Periodontic-endodontic combined abscess, this is a dental situation where a periodontal abscess and periapical abscess are present.

Symptoms to take note on abscessed tooth:
• There will be pain when chewing.
• Swelling and toothache.
• Odd or bitter taste in the mouth.
• Gum tissue is swollen, inflamed or infected.
• Gum tissue drainage.

This can induce openings to the anamel tooth, which can let the bacteria affect the middle part of the tooth called pulp. Such infection can travel from the root tooth up to the bones supporting the tooth if not treated right. It is best when you feel the uneasiness mentioned above, you can consult with your dentist right away to avoid further complications.

The Tooth is Diagnosed by
• Using a dental instrument, your dentist will examine your teeth.
• Feeling pain when the instrument tapped your tooth is a positive indication that you have an abscessed tooth.
• You’ll also be asked if the pain increases when you close your mouth tightly or bite down.
• Having a red swollen gum may give your dentist help to think you already have an abscessed tooth.
• In some cases, the dentist may ask you to take X-rays to check for erosion of bone in the area if there is abscess.

Treatment for Abscessed Tooth
Removing the infection means draining the abscess using the root canal procedure. This type of surgery is often used to take off diseased tooth tissue after the infection has worn-off.
Extracting the tooth to be able to drain through a socket is another option for the Dentist.
An incision into the swollen gum tissue is the third method to drain the abscess.
The patient will be prescribed antibiotics to fight the infection. While for pain and discomfort due to the abscessed tooth, over the counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen and rinsing the affected area with warm salt-water rinse can help ease everything.

Prevention is Better than Cure
To avoid such situation is far better than finding a solution. Below are the preventive measures to dental abscess to happen:
• Brushing your teeth is very basic but can help you a lot.
• Dental floss habit. Using a floss to reach the area that your toothbrush can’t reach is a plus for hygiene and teeth protection.
• Replace toothbrush every 4 months or when the bristles are frayed, will make tooth brushing more effective.
• Consuming healthy food and avoiding much sweet.
• Regular checkups with your dentist and teeth cleaning.
• For extra layer protection, use an antiseptic mouthwash to fight tooth decay.

 

How To Find Good Cheap Dental Services

Going for dental treatments can sometimes be scary, but what’s more scary is the price you have to pay for the dental check ups and dental procedures.  Quality dental treatment always come at a high price, so many of us put the dental appointments as one of the least priority things on the budget list. Oral hygiene should never be taken for granted because if the right dental care is not taken, it can lead to life threatening diseases like cardiac arrest. The good news is that good cheap dental treatment is available. Read on to know more about how to find good cheap dental services.

Dental insurance can help you pay the costs associated with dental treatments. This sounds wonderful, right? But, you should carefully review the terms and conditions of the dental insurance plan first. The dental insurance plans also do not immediately cover your pre-existing dental conditions. For example, when you need to have a tooth extraction in a week or two, your dental insurance may not cover that extraction. Most dental insurance plans follow the policy of having a waiting period of a year before the dental insurance company can actually cover for your dental care expenses.  The dental insurance may not cover all the expenses of your dental treatment as well. You need to pay a monthly or annual premium. If you go for a dental insurance then take all these factors under consideration.

The next option to get cheap dental treatment is by getting a dental discount plan. The dental discount plan can be for you as an individual or for you and your family. These plans offer attractive dental discounts. You can take the appointment with one of the dentists who is a member of the dental plan dentist network. The dental plans are easy to get, all you need to do is sign up and pay a membership fees and annual fees. You can avail cheaper dental treatments as you can get up to 50% discount on the dental treatments. The best part is it also covers your family.

But before opting for the dental plan, check on all the features, terms and policies and agreements of the plan. Also check out the list of dentists that are under the dental plan, compare and contrast one dental plan from other, consider all the procedures that are included in the dental plans. Then choose the one which takes care of all your requirements.

You can get cheap dental treatments at the dental camps which are conducted by dental care organizations and colleges. In these camps junior dental doctors carry out the treatments under the supervision of senior doctors. They perform all the treatments carefully and make sure that there is no scope for mistakes as a single mistake can stain the name of the dental organization or the dental college conducting the camp. You can get the dental service done for free and only have to pay  for the medication.