Oral Health refers to the health of our mouth, which includes the teeth, gums and supporting tissues. It is the area mostly used and widely neglected. It is so because after our regularly brushing we take the rest for granted. You have healthy teeth and gums if you can smile confidently without the fear of yellow teeth with debris, eat confidently without being scared of dental pain or bleeding and laugh out not causing bad breath.
We all know that our teeth captures a lot of attention for you as you smile. Your teeth also gives your face its shape, enables you to eat and speak the way you want to. The most common oral problems are cavities and gum disease. They are usually the result of poor oral hygiene. Our sense of hygiene contributes to your overall health. Practicing oral hygiene or taking preventive care doesn’t drain money, time or energy. All you have to do is be regular and consistent.
These steps would certainly reduce your chances of getting gum diseases or teeth decay. The build-up plaque and tartar in the teeth, if not removed regularly can lead to cavities or disease like periodontist or gingivitis.
Mouth is the first place where most of the diseases manifest themselves. Regular oral exams not only check your dental health they also indicate your general health. Medical conditions like diabetes, HIV, certain eating disorders, systemic diseases etc. can be thus detected.
The importance of oral health and hygiene should be inculcated as early as in childhood. Children should be made aware that lack of oral health would bring about a lot of discomforts in the life ahead. He or she may end up with a lot of painful and unpleasant oral cavities, tooth loss and money loss!
- Aparna K V