Having good healthy teeth has been one of the issues that I will not budge on with regards to the boys, even if it meant having to chase them down to ensure that their pearly whites were nice and clean *insert toothy grin* because it’s super pointless to eat healthy if you don’t look after your teeth.
That’s why a healthy mouth and a healthy body go hand in hand! Tuesday 20 March 2018 is World Oral Health Day, an international day to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and to promote worldwide awareness of the importance of oral hygiene. Oral diseases can impact every aspect of life, from personal relationships and self-confidence to school, and work and even to the enjoyment of food.
This year’s theme is “Say Ahh: Think Mouth, Think Health”, an important message given that 90% of the world’s population will suffer from oral diseases at some point during their lives, with many of these being avoidable.
Results of a survey conducted by the American Dental Association in 2012 found that many people are not aware of some of the basics to good oral hygiene, such as how often to replace your toothbrush. Other findings by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) show that half of people aged 30 and older already have some form of periodontal disease and while people agree that routine oral health is important, only 44% seek professional dental care on a regular basis.
According to the World Dental Federation, the body that represents more than one million dentists in over 130 countries, oral conditions rank amongst the most prevalent non-communicable diseases and affect almost four million people worldwide.
A new global definition for oral health, which was accepted and approved in September 2016, has opened the door to a universal definition of oral health and acknowledges that oral health is a fundamental human right. This definition states that:
“Oral health is multifaceted and includes the ability to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, swallow, and convey a range of emotions through facial expressions with confidence and without pain, discomfort, and disease of the craniofacial complex”.
What remains clear is that not enough people are aware about the intrinsic link between your mouth and your general wellbeing. In fact, your mouth has been likened to a mirror which can reflect a person’s general health and wellbeing, revealing nutritional deficiencies and signs of other diseases.
Clinical studies have shown that those with poor oral hygiene are at increased risk of developing various oral health problems such as dental cavities, periodontal disease, halitosis, oral pain, and discomfort for denture wearers. Some studies have even indicated a link between some oral cancers and poor dental and oral hygiene.
Periodontal disease itself comes in various forms, with gingivitis being a mild form that is generally reversible. If left untreated, a more severe periodontitis can occur resulting in major, irreversible damage to the soft tissue and bone structure of teeth. What is even more frightening is that studies have shown a link between periodontal disease and chronic health conditions such as stroke, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory disease and pre-term low weight babies. Periodontitis is also the main cause of tooth loss in adults over the age of 45.
Following a dental care routine which includes flossing and twice daily brushing can remove plaque build-up, and help prevent periodontal disease. Furthermore, eating a balanced diet that is high in fruits and vegetables and low in sugar, not smoking and avoiding excessive alcohol consumption can further assist in good oral health.
Fortunately, there is a range of nonprescriptive dental care products available at pharmacies that can help prevent and relieve common oral health problems like gingivitis. The Andolex C range includes products such as Andolex C oral rinse, oral spray, oral gel and the new Andolex C antibacterial mouthwash. Nonprescriptive dental care products, such as the Andolex C range, is a really easy way to help prevent and relieve common oral health problems, like gingivitis. The Andolex C range includes products such as Andolex oral rinse, oral spray, oral gel and the new Andolex C antibacterial mouthwash, which can be used for up to 10 days. These products contain Benzydamine which provides an analgesic (pain reducing), anaesthetic (numbing) and anti-inflammatory effect.
Andolex-C also contains chlorhexidine gluconate; the gold standard in chemical plaque control, which has been proven to effectively reduce plaque by 33% and gingivitis by 26%.
Maintaining a healthy mouth is crucial to keeping it functioning correctly and for maintaining overall health and quality of life. Adopt a good oral health routine from an early age and ensure that you have regular dental check-ups.
Speak to your dentist or go to www.andolex.co.za for more information about how to prevent many common oral health problems.
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DISCLAIMER: This editorial includes independent comment and opinion of the author and is not necessarily that of iNova Pharmaceuticals.
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