Oral care is the process of maintaining one’s mouth free from disease and other issues by regularly brushing and scraping of the teeth. It is essential that oral care is done on a routine basis to help prevent bad breath and early dental health. Brushing and flossing at least twice a day are essential as part of oral care. One should visit their dentist at least twice a year, at a minimum, for professional cleaning and examination. This is especially important if children are in the family, since a dentist can spot problems with the teeth early and do necessary treatments.
Dental abnormalities can be detected easily by those who know how, according to American Dental Association, “Dental care for the elderly and the handicapped is an important component of medical care.” Elderly patients tend to mouth breathe differently than younger patients, and they can have problems with tooth placement. This could be because of gravity, dentures, muscle tone or even gum receding. For some it’s easier to have a dentist examine elderly patients, because their mouth is smaller and easier to manipulate. There have been studies that show tooth receding can be a cause of oxygen deprivation in Alzheimer’s patients. The symptoms of mouth breathing are similar to those experienced by those with sleep apnea.
Oral Care Routine
In order for us to practice proper oral hygiene we must be aware of what’s going on inside our mouths. The three most critical aspects of oral hygiene are brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist. If these components are not practiced regularly, gum disease, cavities and tooth decay will start to develop. Brushing and flossing must be done daily, or as recommended by the dentist. A professional oral hygiene program that incorporates all three components is recommended to reduce the occurrence of oral health problems like gum disease, cavities and tooth decay.
Properly cared for teeth and gums will also lead to good oral hygiene and oral cavity maintenance. Patients who wear dentures should visit the dentist regularly for cleaning or replacement of dentures. Dentures are connected to the bone in the jaw, so wearing dentures that are loose or non-attached could mean loosing bone, nerve damage, infection and bleeding. A good oral hygiene program will include cleaning dentures twice a year. Visit the dentist when you have dentures to ensure the correct fit and that your dentures stay in good condition.
Poor oral hygiene can lead to various complications. One such complication is xerostomia. Xerostomia refers to the condition where there is an abnormal growth of tissues in the soft palate. This condition is called extrinsic cellular hyperplasia (ECPH) and it occurs when the tissues grow so fast that they press on the uvula and the thyroid gland. Any abnormality in the salivary gland or the function of the thyroid gland can contribute to xerostomia.
Poor dental care can lead to cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay. One way to avoid tooth decay and dental caries is to brush your teeth after meals and also use a fluoride toothpaste. The toothpaste will prevent food particles from entering between the gaps of your teeth, as well as stop plaque from sticking to your teeth. It will also work to get rid of any tartar and bacteria that have collected on your teeth. Toothpaste is especially important for children who have very sensitive gums.
Good oral hygiene can help make brushing teeth easier for a person to do. Brushing your teeth before and after meals can help make brushing teeth easier for a person to do. Baby teeth should be brushed with infantile toothpaste, not regular toothpaste. Regular baby toothpaste is specially formulated to help clean baby teeth without harming them. Infantile toothpaste is specifically designed to prevent harmful chemicals from harming baby teeth. You should only use infantile toothpaste for this purpose.
Your dentist can recommend toothpastes that are specifically made for sensitive teeth. These types of toothpastes are more abrasive, so they help to get rid of plaque on a person’s teeth without harming them. This helps make it easier for a person to brush their teeth with toothpaste. Dentists often recommend toothpastes that are for children over the age of two. A child’s gums are much too soft to handle tough materials like toothpaste. Keeping a child away from these materials could cause severe damage to a child’s gums.