According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 54,000 people will be diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer this year. Roughly one person per hour will die from oral cancer. People who smoke are at a higher risk of developing oral cancer, gum problems and complications after tooth extractions and gum and oral surgery. Smokers have a lowered resistance to infections and have impaired healing.
As parents, you want to make sure your children are physically and emotionally in good health. Teaching your kids to brush and floss early on help prevent cavities in the future. The foods and drinks your kids eat can cause plaque and bacteria to grow in their mouth, on their teeth and in the gums. When plaque is not adequately removed from the gumline, bacterial growth can lead to gum disease, also called periodontal disease.
Good oral hygiene is important to your oral and physical health. Having poor oral hygiene can lead to dental and medical problems such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, strokes and more. The American Dental Association recommends regular dental checkups every 6 months and here are some top ten reasons why.
There are many questions surrounding wisdom teeth and if they should be removed. A wisdom tooth is the third molar tooth at the back of the mouth. It is known as an impacted wisdom tooth if it has not fully erupted into the oral cavity. Most people will have four wisdom teeth. They are generally the last teeth to break through the gums. A tooth may become impacted due to an abnormal position of the wisdom tooth, insufficient space in the dental cavity, an abnormal growth, like a cyst and other factors.
Periodontal disease is associated with several other diseases, according to research by the American Academy of Periodontology. Studies show that “inflammation may be responsible for the association” to other diseases.
So, what is periodontal disease? According to the American Dental Association (ADA), “It is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. It is one of the major causes of tooth loss in adults.”
A lifetime of chewing, grinding and general wear and tear can take its toll on your teeth. Add complications from certain medical conditions and medication side effects, and oral health becomes more important than ever for senior citizens. Prevention, by way of daily brushing and flossing and regular trips to the dentist, is the best defense.
It’s uncomfortable to watch someone try to hide their missing teeth. It’s also uncomfortable to be the one who’s trying to hide them. Don’t let that be you. See this list of the 8 most common causes of tooth loss to evaluate whether or not you’re doing everything you can to keep your teeth for as long as possible.