Holding on to healthy teeth

Jul 22nd, 2010 | By | Category: More dental news

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When people are thinking about their health, often their dental health
is not foremost in their mind. And when money is in short supply,
dental treatment is often delayed or neglected altogether. Dentists say
it’s dire to continue your dental care.

The primary contributor of oral cancer is the use of tobacco. But even
non-smokers can find themselves with oral cancer. Diagnosis of this
disease normally takes place in individuals over 40. Oral cancer is a
particularly aggressive cancer, and dentists report that the five year
survive rate is only fifty percent, however there is some hope as that
means that roughly fifty percent will survive past the five year point.
A good diet, rich in fruits and vegetables can help avoid the
development of cancerous lesions. If detected early enough,
precancerous changes can be reversed with proper treatment and there
are new treatments available for all cancers. Denstists can now detect
lesions that may or not be cancerous very early on, with the help of
new technology that enhances visualization of these lesions.

An infection present in the tissues surrounding and supporting the
teeth, is known as periodontal disease. There are two main stages of
periodontal disease, gingivitis or inflammation of the gums, which is
milder and can be reversed, and periodontitis, which develops when
gingivitis is left untreated and inflammation spreads, and this can
lead to the teeth becoming loose and eventually falling out. Smoking,
faulty fillings, and some medications can all contribute to the
development of this disease. There are many signs of periodontal
disease, such as bleeding gums, bad breath, spreading of the front
teeth and an increase in the spaces between teeth. Prevention comes
from good home care, brushing, flossing, rinsing with antiseptic
mouthwash, and regular professional dental visits.

Cavities are another concern of dental health, and if you are careless
about dental hygiene and eat foods with a lot of sugar, you will
probably develop cavities, which are infections. For nearly a hundred
years now dentists have been using amalgam to fill out cavities. It is
made of elements including mercury, copper, and silver. There has been
some concern over the safety of dental amalgam through the years
because it does contain mercury. But it has been deemed safe by a
number of organizations, including the National Institutes of Health,
the U.S. the U.S. Public Health Service and the World Health
Organization, have all concluded and agreed that amalgam is safe to
use. There are other alternatives available for filling cavities,
although dental amalgam is a widely used treatment, because of it’s
strength, convenience, sturdiness, and reasonable cost. Amalgam
fillings are easily seen from outside the mouth. One less noticeable
alternative is white composite fillings. These are bonded directly to
the teeth, are aesthetically pleasing and conform to existing tooth
structure.

In order to ensure that your bone and soft gum tissue remains healthy,
it is crucial that you visit your dental professional for routine
cleanings and exams. A poor forty-eight year old man was in a lot of
trouble after avoiding dental care for more than 10 years. Not only did
he have a root canal, he had to get crowns and even a deep cleaning. As
periodontal disease develops, deep pockets are formed between the gums
and the teeth. When you brush you can’t reach these areas. Scaling and
root planning helps to close the pockets by removing bacteria, infected
tissue, and smoothes the root surfaces discouraging further tartar
buildup. If you put a little into your dental health throughout your
life you can reap a large benefit later on.

No one wants bad breath or unsightly teeth and gums. This is no
surprise given the fact the causes for halitosis are varied and easily
triggered. In fact, you can give off unpleasant odors just from eating
a hamburger with onions or pasta with garlic sauce. The other causes of
bad breath beside food include such things as poor oral hygiene, the
use of tobacco and a simple case of dry mouth. Medical conditions can
also be the causes of bad breath, and they can range from postnasal
drip to ailments of the kidney or liver. Bacteria and particles of food
can become lodged in our tongue’s taste buds, which may result in
offensive odors, so it is wise to stay away from foods known to produce
such odors. When you brush your teeth, be sure to brush your tongue and
always follow up with mouthwash. The advances in technology we enjoy
have certainly brought us a long way from the primitive chewing sticks
of the early Babylonians we’ve traced back to 3500 BCE. Even without
all the high tech teeth altering gear we have, a simple tooth brush can
be your most essential tool.

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