According to the World Health Organization, there are about 60 – 90% of school children and nearly 100% of adults that have dental cavities. In addition, 15-20% of middle-aged adults (35-44 years old) suffer from severe periodontal or gum diseases. This leads to a notion that oral health problems is becoming worse worldwide. Good thing, it’s not too late to act upon this problem. How can we solve this? It’s very simple – promote the importance of proper oral health.
Various common oral diseases can actually be prevented if we take good care of our oral health properly. Take note, brushing your teeth once or twice a day does not mean you won’t acquire oral health problems, but it’s a practice of proper hygiene everyone should observe.
To give you a specific idea, here’s a list of the most common oral health disorders and how to prevent them.
- Halitosis or bad breath is one of the most common oral health problems. Gum diseases, cavities, oral cancer, dry mouth, and tongue bacteria are just some of the causes of bad breath. You have to take note that this problem does not only concern you but also the people around you. Nonetheless, you can easily prevent having bad breath, aside from brushing and flossing twice a day, by consulting your dental hygienist or dentist on a regular basis.
- Cavities or tooth decay is the second most common disease in United States next to colds. It occurs when a sticky substance on our teeth called plaque combines with sugars or other starches from the food we eat. This unlikely combination creates acid that attacks the tooth enamel itself causing it to decay. Practicing proper oral hygiene as well as eating healthy food and avoiding food and drinks that are high in sugar are the best way to fight this oral health disorder.
- Periodontal or gum diseases is one of the main causes of tooth loss among adults. The two major stages of gum disease are gingivitis and periodontitis. Hence, a regular dental check up with your trusted dentist, like Dr. Rowena Marzo, is highly recommended to prevent occurrence of any gum disease. Having your regular visit to the dentist makes you more aware of your current condition and what are the periodontal treatments needed in order to maintain your good oral health.
- Mouth sores like canker sores, fever blisters, cold sores, ulcers, and thrush. According to VeryWell.com, unless a mouth sore lasts more than two weeks, it is usually nothing to worry about and will disappear on its own.
- Oral cancer is the most serious and deadly oral disease that can actually affect millions of people. There are over 300,000 new cases of oral cancer diagnosed every year, worldwide. This alarming figure should not be ignored and needs to be prioritized as one of the major health concerns of this generation. However, this disease that affects the mouth, lips, or throat is highly curable if diagnosed and treated as early as possible. Early signs of this disease includes white or red patches in the mouth, thickening of the mouth or swelling of the jaws. If you are experiencing these symptoms, it is better to consult your dentist immediately.
Oral health problems are not just the concern of those who are already suffering from these but also everyone. Every person in the world is at risk of having oral disorders so these should be a major health concern that needs to be prioritized.
By means of having proper oral hygiene and consulting your dentist regularly, you can at least lessen or, better yet, prevent having such diseases. Marzo Dental Clinic offers various optimum and affordable oral health care services to make sure that you got a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile.
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