It’s important to look after your oral health

It’s important to look after your oral health

Looking after your oral health?

Governments around the world are urging everyone to give their dental care top priority as oral diseases continue to be one of the major growing public health problems in the world. Among the main concerns are the high incidence of common dental disorders, including:

  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth loss
  • Periodontitis
  • Oral cancer
  • Tooth pathology

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The World Health Organization (WHO) report that despite remarkable achievements in both general health and oral health, oral diseases such as dental caries* is still a major oral health problem in most industrialized countries, affecting 60- 90% of school children and the vast majority of adults. Oral diseases restrict activities at school, at work and at home causing millions of school and work hours to be lost each year [1].  The cost of oral diseases to the Australian economy is $8.4 billion a year (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) [2].

Oral Health

Oral health is not simply about having good teeth and smile.  Oral health is essential for your overall general health and well-being.  More than 60,000 Australians a year are hospitalised for preventable oral health conditions [2].  There are many diseases and disorders that can affect the oral, dental and cranio-facial tissues – causing pain, oral and pharyngeal (throat) cancer, oral tissue lesions, all of which can have a psychological and social impact to one’s quality of life.

The main oral diseases are dental caries, periodontal disease and oral cancer.

 

Here – listen to Dr Lewis Ehrlich on Channel Nine, Australia – for Dental Health Week 7 Aug 2017.


And – by the way, try not to miss Karl messing around with his gums  (0:1:21).  AND… Dr Lewis is single! (0:3:00).


Dental caries (cavities) or ‘tooth decay’ occurs when certain types of bacteria produce acid that destroys the tooth’s enamel and the underlying layer – the dentin. [3].  Signs and symptoms include toothache, sensitivity to sweet, hot or cold foods and pain when chewing.  The growing research shows that systemic spread of bacteria can cause, or seriously aggravate, infections throughout the body, particularly in individuals with suppressed immune systems.

Gum or periodontal disease is an inflammation of the gum line that can progress to affect the bone surrounding, and supporting your teeth. WHO relate the high prevalence of periodontal disease i.e. bleeding gums, periodontal pocketing and loss of attachment to poor oral hygiene, tobacco use, excessive alcohol use, stress and diabetes [4]. Periodontal disease, for example, is associated with general health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes

 

Preventive Action

Taking early action by having regular comprehensive oral examinations can effectively prevent and control oral disorders. Professional dentists play an important role in this process.  Good communication, designing a treatment framework, together with a shared accountability on your part for your health, on your part –  are all essential elements in ensuring that your well-being is maintained for life.

Our team of professionals at Dentserve are all committed to caring for your dental health and your smile

Reference List

  1. WHO. Oral Health: Policy basis. World Health Organisation 2017; Available from: http://www.who.int/oral_health/policy/en/.
  2. Oral Heath CRC. About Us. Oral Health CRC, 2017 [cited Aug 28, 2017; Available from: https://oralhealthcrc.org.au/content/about-us.
  3. Colgate. Dental Caries: How They Are Formed And What You Can Do To Prevent Them. Colgate.com 2017 [cited Aug 28, 2017; Available from: http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/cavities/article/dental-caries-how-they-are-formed-and-what-you-can-do-to-prevent-them-0813.
  4. WHO. Strengthening the prevention of periodontal disease: the WHO approach. World Health Organisation. 2017 [cited Aug 28, 2017; Available from: http://www.who.int/oral_health/publications/j_periodontol_76/en/.