According to numerous studies, good fetal health begins with good oral care on behalf of the mother before and during the gestational period. This self-care helps her baby start life with healthy teeth. Each stage of life afterward then has its own unique dental challenges. Sure, “baby teeth” are temporary but they still require the same level of care. In early childhood, painful tooth decay can affect a child’s happiness, ability to eat properly and even their ability to learn. Pain can be a powerful de-motivator and lesser symptoms like bad breath can hinder social growth and self-esteem.
After permanent teeth have developed, inadequate oral care can result in permanent tooth decay and gingivitis. Gingivitis, a minor gum infection caused by biofilm build-up, can progress to periodontitis, a chronic infection, that can lead to irreversible jawbone and tooth loss. Periodontitis has been associated with rheumatoid arthritis, certain cancers, pneumonia, heart disease, stroke, dementia and controlling diabetes type 2. Even gingivitis contributes to the body’s need to respond to the inflammation, and certain common germs from the mouth have been found in amniotic fluid which complicates birth.
In the later stages of life, oral care is just as important if not more so. Age-related health problems can be worsened by infection and inflammation from gum disease and tooth decay and nutritional needs can by compromised by tooth loss. Flossing picks and specially designed toothbrush handles can be employed to help aging hands maintain good oral practices.
We can show you easy oral care techniques and products to help you have clean, healthy teeth and gums. Of course, regular check-ups are the most important part of everyone’s oral care program. Your teeth were meant to last a lifetime. Let us help make sure it’s a long and healthy lifetime.