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Oral Health & Maintenance
A healthy mouth is an important part of a healthy body. As diet and exercise are necessary for a healthy body, regular visits to your dental hygienist can help to prevent gum disease, cavities and other mouth/body diseases including diabetes, heart disease and oral cancer.
Research has shown there is an association between oral disease and other health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke, respiratory illness in older adults, as well as pre-term and low-birth-weight babies. Although researchers are just beginning to understand this relationship, evidence shows that oral disease can aggravate other health problems and that keeping a healthy mouth is an important part of leading a healthy life.
Oral disease, like any other disease, needs to be treated. A chronic infection, including one in the mouth, is a serious problem that should not be ignored. Yet bleeding or tender gums are often overlooked or ignored. Bacteria accumulations in the mouth are absorbed into the blood stream and carried throughout the body, contributing to pre-existing conditions that can be prevented with proper oral maintenance that includes brushing, flossing and regular visits to see your dental hygienist.
Fluoride is a naturally existing mineral found in soil, water (both fresh and salt) and various foods. It has a positive effect on oral health by making teeth more resistant to decay. Tooth decay results from the effects of acid on the minerals in your tooth enamel. These acids are produced by bacteria in the mouth and literally dissolve the minerals right out of your teeth. Not only does fluoride protect your teeth from the damage caused by acids, it also stops bacteria from producing the harmful acids in the first place. Fluoride is present in many community water supplies; however, it is not present in Thunder Bay.
The availability of fluorides from a variety of sources must be taken into account before advising the method of fluoride delivery. This is particularly important for children under the age of 6, where exposure to more fluoride than is required to simply prevent dental caries can cause dental fluorosis. Provided that the total daily intake of fluoride is carefully monitored, fluoride is considered to be a most important health measure for maintaining oral health.
Fluoride mouth rinses are an effective preventive measure for at-risk individuals and should be used according to the specific needs of the individual. Fluoride mouth rinsing is not recommended for children under 6 years of age.
Professional topical applications of fluoride gels, foams and varnishes are recommended to keep the incidence of dental decay to a minimum.
Dental sealants are also called pit and fissure sealants, thus indicating their purpose, which is to seal the pits and fissures on teeth. Usually sealants are recommended for the molars and premolars to protect the deeper grooves that exist on those particular teeth. These pits and fissures are a part of normal tooth development but may be difficult to keep clean. A sealant is placed to reduce the collection of bacterial plaque by creating a barrier in a cavity prone area. Permanent teeth or newly erupted molars in a child are indicated for this simple and quick procedure.