Healthy teeth for a healthy body- Dr Nabilla

Did you know that there are more than 300 types of bacteria that makes up dental plaque ? And even though tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, 31 percent of adult have tooth decay and 74 percent of all adults have had to have a tooth extracted. And all this started with dental plaque.

People may disregard dental health to be less important than overall health, or even worst not important at all. However, our oral cavity “is” part of general health. As a matter of fact, your dentist might be the first one to notice a change in your general health. The clinical signs in the oral cavity are one of the first indicators to look out for when your defense system is not at its best or when there is a significant change in your body.

Studies have associated poor oral health to  serious health problems such as diabetes, heart diseases and other major conditions. Yet, around 2 percent of the population have never visited the dentist.Poor oral health not only affects our general health, it also affects our psychological health. Our smile have a direct impact on our personality and self-confidence. Healthy teeth will lead to your best smile which will boost your self-confidence and positive energy to others.

Some of my friends who have never visited a dentist their whole life had to be lured to come for a dental check-up and surprisingly, some had no decay, no serious dental issues….. except that their gums were swollen and they complaint of bleeding gums while brushing teeth or worst,while not doing anything. One admitted that he was too afraid to visit a dentist because of all the eerie and cringy stories he have heard before. As a result even when he needs it , he still doesn’t see a dentist. Turns out all he needed was a good scaling and the problem went away.

These are some of the tips to keep a healthy smile for a lifetime :

1.  Don’t miss your dental appointments.

This will help you to keep an eye of your teeth, especially the ones you can’t see way back in the mouth.

2.    Minimise frequency of sugary intake.

People who drink 3 or more glasses of soda each day , have 62% more decay, fillings and tooth loss.

3.    Make sure your toothpaste have fluoride.

Fluoride will help to strengthen the enamel and reduce risk of developing caries or decay.

4.    Quit smoking to help reduce staining, gum disease, tooth loss and in more severe cases mouth cancer.

5.   Change your toothbrush often.

As soon as the bristles becomes worn out, change your toothbrush as it will not clean the teeth properly. Which in time will accumulate thick plaque and  your gums are more prone to develop gum disease.

                                 Remember, dentistry is not expensive .  Neglect is !


Reference: National Smile Month of British Dental Health Foundation


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