Oral Health FAQ

Frequently asked questions related to oral health.

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Which oral health conditions affect the aging population?

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The risk of dental issues are increased as we age. The most common oral conditions among older people are dental caries, tooth loss, periodontitis, dry mouth and oral cancer.

What is the connection between oral health and general health?

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Good oral health is directly proportional to overall body health and quality of life. A healthy mouth enables people to eat, speak and socialize without pain and discomfort. Oral diseases have sharp impact on people's everyday lives. Poor oral health will affect eating, sleeping, and overall general health.

Which vitamins are good for oral health?

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Three important vitamins are essential for the healthy mouth.

  1. Vitamin D is very much essential for your teeth. Deficiency of Vitamin D can cause gingival inflammation, cavities, and gum disease.
  2. Vitamin C is good for gum health. Deficiency of Vitamin C can lead to bleeding gums and gum disease.
  3. Vitamin A is good for saliva production. Deficiency of Vitamin A can lead to decreased oral epithelial development, impaired tooth formation, enamel hypoplasia and periodontitis.

What are the benefits of good oral health?

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Good oral health provides many health benefits.

  1. Prevents cavities and gum disease
  2. Prevents more serious health issues and diseases
  3. Reduced health care costs
  4. Stops bad breath
  5. Keeps your smile bright

What essential oils are good for oral health?

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  1. Tea tree oil
  2. Peppermint oil
  3. Cinnamon oil
  4. Oregano oil
  5. Thyme oil
  6. Clove oil

What is an oral health assessment?

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Oral health assessment identifies the oral health conditions, forms the basis for treatment recommendations and helps in diagnosis. Regular oral health examinations aid in the detection of gum issues and mouth cancer. Regular oral health assessments can provide professional advice on how to maintain and improve dental health properly.

What is primary oral health care?

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Primary Oral Health Care (POHC) is focused on preventive services and dental emergencies. POHC is the main source of referrals to secondary dental care once patients need specialized treatment.

Why is oral health important during pregnancy?

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It is very important to take care of your oral health while you are pregnant. Pregnancy leads to hormonal changes that induce the complications of developing gum disease which, in turn, can affect the health of your developing baby.

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How does diabetes affect oral health?

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People who are affected with diabetes are more prone to get tooth decay or cavities as they tend to eat small / frequent meals throughout the day. Frequent eating increases the chance for bacteria to grow and cavities to develop faster.

How does nutrition affect oral health?

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Malnutrition can affect the oral health including dental caries, periodontal diseases, diseases of oral mucosa and other infectious diseases. Improper oral health can alter food choices and negatively impact food intake.

How does poor oral hygiene affect health?

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Poor oral hygiene can lead to teeth cavities and gum problems, and has also been linked to cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

How can poor oral health lead to heart disease?

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Gum disease or periodontitis is connected with an increased risk of heart-related issues. Poor oral hygiene increases the risk of bacteria formation in the blood stream, which can affect the heart valves indirectly. If you have artificial heart valves. you should especially take your oral health seriously.

How does alcohol affect oral health?

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Too much of alcohol consumption raises the risk of oral health problems including oral cancer, tooth decay and tooth erosion.

How does smoking affect your oral health?

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Smoking has a high impact on your oral health. Regular smokers / chain smokers are at a higher risk of developing oral cancer, gum issues, tooth loss, decay on the roots of teeth, and complications after tooth removal and gum and oral surgery.

How does medication affect oral health?

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Some medications, including prescription and over-the-counter preparations can damage your teeth. Medicines can cause gum issues such as bleeding, inflammation and ulcers. Medications can lead to other dental issues including tooth loss.

When is world oral health day?

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World Oral Health Day is observed every year on 20th March.