Oral hygiene helps prevent fatal diseases caused by dental caries.
McAllen, TX -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/06/2014 -- It is said that the mouth has more bacteria than a toilet seat. Human’s mouth has the proper temperature for bacterial growth, ample locations to reproduce and unlimited food supply from food particles stuck in between teeth. These bacteria are responsible for dental cavities. If left untreated, the disease can lead to pain, tooth loss and infection that can lead to other health complications.
Dental Decay on the Rise
Tooth decay is generally preventable however recent study shows it remains one of the most common diseases among children. According to CDC, 42% of children ages 2 to 11 have had cavities in baby teeth; 21% of those ages 6 to 11 have had cavities in permanent teeth. This rise in dental decay cases is mostly found on children from underprivileged families. Lack of dental supplies, dental visits and supervision often result to dental deterioration.
Without proper oral hygiene, bacterial levels inside the mouth can soar high that often leads to fatal diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, dementia, Alzheimer’s, rheumatoid arthritis, pancreatic cancer, premature birth, pneumonia, respiratory tract infection, premature birth and more. A recent case of dental caries took a life of a 12-year-old kid from Maryland after the bacterial infection from the mouth spread into the bloodstream.
Less Sugar, Less Dental Problems
Studies indicate an increase in tooth decay cases in children who get more than 10% of their calories from sugar. Evidence also suggests children consuming under10kg of sugar a year, which is about 5% of their calorie intake, also developed dental caries at lower levels. Dental caries is an indication of dietary risks which affects human in any stages in life.
Ways to combat Dental Decay
Public Health encourages the following steps to maintain healthy mouth;
1)Brush the teeth twice a day. This routine is the simplest and most effective way to prevent mouth problems.
2) Floss at least once a day. Flossing aids in cleaning hard to reach areas of the teeth.
3) Schedule dentist visits every six months for overall dental check-up and hygiene.
4) Constant supply of healthy food. Lessen sugar, starch intake including coffee and alcoholic drinks. These causes the mouth to dry quickly reducing saliva production that helps kill bacteria harbouring bacterial growth.
5) Rinse mouth after eating. If brushing doesn’t come handy, gargling water with salt or mouth rinse available in the market will do the trick. It will prevent bacterial spreading within the mouth.
6) Drink lots of water before bedtime. This lessens bacterial exposure all night long.
About Xpress Dental Clinic
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