“Oral health is a state of being free from chronic mouth and facial pain, oral and throat cancer, oral sores, birth defects such as cleft lip and palate, periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay and tooth loss, and other diseases and disorders that affect the oral cavity. Risk factors for oral diseases include unhealthy diet, tobacco use, harmful alcohol use, and poor oral hygiene. “(World Health Organization)
Different countries have adopted separate variations of this definition. The accepted definition for any region in question is that given by its dental association.
Here is a brief look at some oral health issues as well as how your dentist treats them:
They are wide and varied one side or the range we have cavities while cancer is on the extreme end. Other oral diseases are found in between. When one’s oral health is having a problem the rest of the body is also affected. Broadly speaking, oral disease is connected to ailments such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. In women it causes birth of underweight and premature babies. Examples of oral diseases are as highlighted below:
For these and other oral illnesses, you should see a dentist. He/she has received the requisite training and has developed a range of skills and experience. This places dental practitioners in full authority of identifying and addressing any dental complications you might have.
Below are the commonly found emergencies
You already know about the harmful effects of tobacco in causing cancers and heart disease. Did you know that it is the main contributors for loss of teeth in grownups? Generally, tobacco smoke has a harmful effect on your gums and mouth. Other forms of tobacco such as smokeless, snuff and chewing tobacco are equally harmful. Talk to your dentist about the harmful effects of tobacco on oral health. Above all, quit smoking.