Overall oral health is crucial for your overall health and wellness. If you do not observe good oral health, you will be predisposed to gum diseases, dental cavities, and many other diseases. Some diseases, such as diabetes, cancers, and heart diseases, can be traced back to poor oral hygiene. You need to learn proper oral hygiene early on, such as flossing, brushing, and checking your sugar intake, and these should be your life-long commitment. This will also ensure you avoid expensive dental procedures and a healthy living free of health issues. Here are some of the common dental conditions to watch out for.
Bad breath is embarrassing. People with halitosis can present with certain oral conditions, including cavities, gum disease, dry mouth, oral cancer, and tongue bacteria. People think that washing their mouths is a lasting solution for bad breath; little do they know that bad breath can result from a serious underlying issue.
Oral cancer is most apparent among individuals 40 years and above. Smoking, drinking, and human papillomavirus predispose to oral cancer. Some of the symptoms of oral cancer include sores, lumps, changes in bite, and rough areas within your mouth. Our dentists will advise if an oral cancer exam is part of the checkup or not. However, it is always good to ask our dentist for an oral cancer screening whenever you visit our dental clinic.
A dry mouth is also known as xerostomia. It causes your saliva glands not to produce enough saliva; hence the inside of your mouth becomes dry. Saliva in your mouth is critical as it contains antibacterial components that clean plaque off your teeth. The plaque can result from chemotherapy, precipitation medicine, smoking, stress, or aging. Remember to drink plenty of water to prevent yourself from having a dry mouth.
Besides brushing and flossing, you must visit us for dental checks and exams. Contact us today to talk with our dental team.