Saturday, 23 July 2016

Dental Care Promotes Optimal Oral Health

Dental care, also referred to as Oral Hygiene, aims to maintain healthy teeth and gum tissue as well as preserve the homeostatic integrity of the oral cavity besides keeping the mouth clean. It also prevents the most common dental problems such as gingivitis, bad breath, dental cavities and periodontal gum diseases.
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Good Dental Care Promotes Healing of Injured and Diseased Oral Tissues
Research has shown that good dental care does promote the healing, and sometimes also fosters the regeneration of damaged oral tissues. Damage to oral tissues is usually caused by oral pathologies, trauma or acute infections arising from the mouth such as cheilosis or perleche. It has been empirically ascertained that basic oral hygiene does promote recovery from dental trauma caused by subluxation, tooth removal, abscess drainage and oral cysts. Moreover, studies have also validated that normal oral hygiene does promote healing of periodontitis and gingivitis.
Tooth Cleaning is the Basis of Dental Care
Brushing the teeth is the most basic act of teeth cleaning. Teeth cleaning involves the removal of tartar, dental plaques and food particles hence preventing their buildup. As a result, teeth cleaning prevent teeth decay and development of cavities, as well as avert gum diseases and gingivitis. Thus, in consequence, teeth cleaning ultimately avert tooth loss as gum diseases is the main cause for tooth loss.
Tooth decay is still the most common oral pathology. Cavities occur mostly within the fissures and pits on the chewing surface of a tooth. This is due to the fact that food is trapped within these fissures and pits, and normal brushing does not remove this debris, while saliva flow to these regions of the tooth surface is greatly impeded thereby limiting its ability to neutralize these regions when then become acidified. Also, acidification of these regions does lead to demineralization which in turn leads to the development of cavities. For the aforementioned reason, it is advisable that one thoroughly cleans his or her teeth once per week to prevent the build-up of debris and also avert demineralization and development of cavities. Also, dentists do recommend the use of dental sealants to prevent tooth decay.
Utility of Dental Sealants
Dentists do apply dental sealants in order to protect and cover grooves and fissures on the tooth surface, thus preventing the accumulation of entrapped food particles in these regions of the tooth. This way, dental sealants prevent tooth decay. Sometimes, dentists do use elastomer strips alongside dental sealants. Elastomer strips serve to push the sealant deeper into the chewing surface. Moreover, these elastomer strips do aid in the spreading of fluoride-based toothpaste across the chewing surfaces, and in this process, aid in the remineralization of a demineralized region of a tooth.
Recommended Dental Care
Dentists do recommend that one ensures that his or her teeth are professionally cleaned at least three times per year. Professional teeth cleaning involve empirically-approved fluoride treatment after proper tooth scaling; plaque debridement and tooth polishing have been done.
In conclusion, proper dental care does have both preventive and therapeutic qualities as they prevent the development of oral pathologies as well as ensure proper healing after one suffers from either oral pathologies or dental trauma.

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