This year, Dental Health week runs from August 6th – 12th and focused on overall oral health. It has been a reminder to everyone that oral health does not just involve your teeth and gums, but your whole mouth including cheeks and tongue. We depend on our mouths to speak, smile, smell, chew and swallow- so it is important to be knowledgeable and keep it healthy.
The Importance of Dental Checks
Many people do not realise that when you attend your general dental checks, your Dentist is not only examining your teeth, but your whole mouth. Your mouth, gums and teeth and tongue need regular checks by a Dentist, as any changes may signal minor or serious health problems.
Lesser Known Oral Health Issues
You may be wondering, if your teeth are fine, what other oral health issues are there? Periodontal or gum disease is a bacterial infection which is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. It is caused by a build up of plaque which leads to gum inflammation, or gingivitis. Signs include bleeding while flossing are brushing your teeth and sensitivity when chewing.You can treat and prevent periodontal problems by practicing good oral hygiene and getting regular dental checks and cleans.
Your Dentist will also be looking out for early symptoms of more serious issues, such as oral cancer. Let your Dentist know if you have any unusual bumps or lesions in your mouth.
Your Dentist will also be able to detect if you clench or grind your teeth, which can lead to issues such as jaw pain and headaches.
Head to our website to request an appointment or call us on 1300 AIM DENTAL.