Oral health can sometimes be overlooked, but it makes up a large part of your general wellbeing and has been linked to other diseases outside the mouth.
It is an essential part of our everyday lives and generally enhances your power to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, swallow and express emotions through facial expressions.
Research by the Australian Dental Association (ADA) reveals an “alarming 57% of Australians expect at some stage in their lives to develop tooth decay, a condition that can be unsightly, painful and irreversible.”
At GWH Dental, our aim is to establish a relationship with our patients to help them maintain healthy teeth and gums for life.
Tooth decay: Also known as cavities, tooth decay is a common, but extremely preventable condition in Australia for people of any age. Your oral health and hygiene regime should start when you are child, but it’s not too late when you are an adult, to help build a solid foundation for your general wellbeing. Left untreated, tooth decay can lead to severe pain in both adults and children.
Periodontal (gum) disease: The disease is the result of an inflammatory process caused by bacteria. As the disease progresses, the bone that supports the teeth can be destroyed leading to unsightly, loose teeth, which may eventually be lost. Research suggests there is an association between gum disease and general ill health. It may be linked to diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and premature, low-weight births. Further research is being conducted.
The good news is that most oral diseases are preventable and Michael and his dental health team can explain how.
As part of a thorough oral hygiene routine, our dentists in Cleveland, Brisbane, believe it is important to visit your dentist every six months for a check-up and make sure there are no early stages of tooth decay or gum disease.
Brushing and flossing twice a day will help significantly reduce your risk of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Avoiding food and drinks that are high in sugar and carbohydrates will help to reduce the incidence of decay, while not smoking can reduce the risk of periodontal disease.