Keeping your mouth healthy is a lifelong job. It's important to be aware of oral health conditions that you may face a different stages of your life. So let's get started with the different potential dental health problems you could face and how to stay on top of them to ensure life-long dental health.
Dental health in expectant mothers is important in giving the children a head start by eating healthy foods and taking calcium supplements while pregnant. Taking folic acid supplements can also decrease the risk of a baby being born with a cleft lip and palate. After the baby has been born, the parents should wipe the infants' gums with a damp cloth after feedings to help prevent the build up of bacteria. Once the child is old enough, typically around six months of age, parents can use a soft toothbrush meant for children twice a day to clean the teeth and the gum lines to avoid decay.
According to Dr. Mary Hayes, a pediatric dentist in Chicago, dental decay can start in children as early as nine months old. For that reason, Dr. Hayes suggest the parents pay close attention to baby teeth as they are not exempt from tooth decay. This also instills good habits and a dental health routine in the child. Parents should begin taking their children to a dentist regularly starting around one year of age. As far as foods that they eat, it is recommended that parents give their children fresh fruits and vegetables as well cheese and crackers, and avoid sweet and sticky foods.
Dental health in adults is a little bit different than dental health in children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assert that nearly 1/3 of adults in the United States have tooth decay that's gone untreated. In all cases, early detection is important for life-long dental health. Tooth decay is typically painless and can only be picked up or detected during a dental exam, which is why it's important to see your dentist regularly. According to dental professionals there's a direct correlation between gum disease and other overall health diseases, and your oral health. If you're on medication for high blood pressure, epilepsy, or have diabetes, it is suggested that you visit the dentist on more than a routine basis. Also it is suggested that people of all ages should drink flouridated water to reduce the likelihood of tooth decay. A majority of cities have fluoride in tap water, while a majority of bottled waters do not. If your water does not have fluoride already in it, have a chat with your dentist about some fluoride supplements that could make up for that loss.
Dental health in older adults requires that these adults make regular dentist visits being that they are at higher risk involving throat and oral cancers; especially those who have a history of smoking or drinking alcohol heavily. While many older adults don't think they need to go to the dentist as much, it is strongly suggested that routine dentist visits continue.
As said before lifelong dental care is just that, lifelong. Make sure you stay on top of your dental care to keep your mouth as healthy as possible throughout every stage of your life.
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