Dental Health Care
It was a nag but can you remember your parents telling you over
and over, “Have you brush
your teeth?” There was a reason for it and now that you are
an adult you probably have a much better understanding of how this
takes place. However, there may be some important factors that
you have forgotten so let’s see just what factors contribute
to our dental health.
There are many reasons why teeth
become discolored. The majority of them can be traced back to poor
dental hygiene. There is no
substitute for regular personal care. For instance, did you know
that you need to throw away your toothbrush at least every six
weeks or so? Don’t wait until the toothbrush looks like
worn out, replace it automatically!
In addition, follow the following
tips to maintain good proper dental and oral hygiene.
Proper way to brush teeth.
It may sound simple but there is really a lot of knowledge behind
the simple action of brushing your teeth. You brush should
be against the gums at a 45 degree angle. Strokes
and the top. Don’t forget to brush your tongue.
Proper toothbrush care.
If this topic
appears to be another “no
really is not. Many people do not understand proper care
of their toothbrush. Remember, it is an object that enters your
coming in contact with billions of bacteria not to mention
certain instances of contamination by bleeding of the gyms or
First of all, never share your
toothbrush! There is a huge risk of cross-contamination when this
practiced is followed.
Always thoroughly rinse your
toothbrush after use and store it brush side up to dry naturally.
If a common storage
used, do not allow the brushes to come in contact with
There are mixed thoughts regarding
the storage of toothbrushes in a disinfectant. One school of thought
that you can do more harm by storing the toothbrush in the
repeatedly, thereby creating another possibility of
Never store your toothbrush in
a closed container that can set up a favorable climate for bacteria
Proper way to floss.
Use a length of floss 16 to 18 inches in length.
Wrap the floss around each of your middle fingers.
your teeth. Form a u shape against the side of
one tooth. Beginning at the gum line, use a gentle rubbing
to remove the
of food. Repeat with each adjacent tooth remembering
to take up the slack so that you are using a clean
section of floss
How Teeth Become Discolored
Teeth can become discolored for many reasons. Most
apply to poor hygiene as we stated above. Coffee,
tea and tobacco
culprits that come to mind. Those are just the
tip of the iceberg, however.
The problem is that by the time
we realize that our teeth have seriously deteriorated in color,
gone by that
we usually have some type of dental health
problem which must be addressed
before we can even begin to think about “cosmetic” procedures.
Any type of dental disease makes
the enamel of the teeth vulnerable to ugly discoloration.
What are some of the common problems
dentists see in their patients that lead to dental
disease, destruction and discoloration?
review some of what they have to say:
Infection of the tissue surrounding a tooth
that usually fills with pus which has
a very smelly
Immoderate use of alcohol causes decreased
production of saliva causing dryness
of the mouth. Dry mouth
is a leading
of tooth decay.
This is an inflammation of the nasal
mucous membrane usually a result of
due to colds or
changes in the mouth can increase risk
for dental disease.
Cancers such as esophageal, pharyngeal,
oral tumors, leukemia, pulmonary
and stomach cancer
due to the decay that is taking place.
Additionally, the medical treatments
for these cancers can exacerbate
a problem with bad breath and certain
of the teeth.
This is a fungal infection of the
mouth cavity. Also known as thrush,
diabetics, chemotherapy patients
and people with HIV or AIDS.
Cavities are much less prevalent
today than they were in the middle
good education with regard to
dental health, but more importantly the introduction
of fluoride into municipal water
People who have diabetes may
also have poor teeth. This
sugar, the problem
most diabetics. The two situations
go hand in hand. Gum disease is a problem
for diabetics. And, diabetes is a
for people with gum disease.
It can be difficult to determine
which comes first, the diabetes or the gum disease,
but the underlying
High blood sugar
to gum disease.
Diabetics have trouble controlling the
high blood sugar. Gum disease is a
leading cause of bad breath, hence the
The American Dental Association
reports that people with type 1 diabetes 5 are
Drugs and drug abuse.
Certain drugs such as antihistamines,
antidepressants, blood pressure meds,
steroids, cancer therapy
drugs, diuretics and oral contraceptives
known to increase
the propensity for gum disease.
Drug abuse is a different matter
entirely. This is a sad footnote to our culture
today. In years
wouldn’t even be considered
in a guide such as this. A study
conducted in 2003 revealed that 12.3
12 years old and over tried methamphetamine
at least once. This number is staggering
when you consider that represents
5.2% of our population.
Not only are the health risks
tremendous but the damage to the teeth is
often irreversible. Dentists
teeth of methamphetamine
are described as rotting, black,
literally falling apart and
crumbling. The drug is highly acidic
and reduces the production of saliva.
tend to grind their teeth and crave
sugar in any
form. The drug also remains in
the system for up to 12 hours prolonging
during a period when the user probably
will not even
Removal of the teeth is often
the only course of action.
We have mentioned that vomiting
is a known cause of bad breath.
bulimia and anorexia.
Bulimia involves the practice
of repeated binge eating followed
up by self-induced
called “purging” and is normally done secretly.
The reasons for engaging in
this practice are different
participant. However, it
accepted by the
community that those
who suffer from bulimia eat
They use food as a therapy
and consume large amounts
of well being.
loss, sadness and other
negative, human conditions.
Each time they binge, they
need to purge so they
can recapture the emotional
It is an
The purging process is
also accomplished by
fasting, taking diet
or using diuretics.
does the practice
rapidly deplete the
body of natural
it also creates a dry
mouth situation which
decay. If you know
of someone who
may be on a damaging “binge
watch for the warning
signs. If you suspect
they may be engaged
in this behavior, intervention
may be in order.
Anorexia is also extremely
harmful. While it
may manifest itself
in some of the
it is different
gain and even the
slightest ounce of body fat just
can’t be tolerated.
Rather than binging
and purging, purging
is the tool of preference
for people who suffer
Our purpose of discussion
that relates to
body piercing is
piercing. It is
not our intent
to make any
judgment of the
to point out some
involved for those
engage in this
kind of activity.
The most obvious
risk factor is
there is a lesion
on any part
of the body.
as we know
bacteria to grow,
is “good” bacteria or “bad” bacteria.
You might think
that the risk
time of piercing
and that would
odds of infection down
put you at
C, D and G.
Damage to the
cheek can induce
the soft tissue
the gums to
chew was impaired.
even before you add in the factors
Keeping good oral hygiene is
really easy by following the above simple principles. Don't be
lazy and let your hygiene go down the hill. Not only is it a waste
of time and money repairing bad teeth, poor dental hygiene can
also make you an unattractive person.