Question: How Can Oral Health Problems Be Prevented?

To prevent tooth decay:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste.
  • Clean between your teeth daily with dental floss or interdental cleaners, such as the Oral-B Interdental Brush, Reach Stim-U-Dent, or Sulcabrush.
  • Rinse daily with a fluoride-containing mouthwash.

How can oral diseases be prevented?

The principal diseases are dental caries, periodontal diseases and oral cancer. Simple and relatively inexpensive measures such as education on oral hygiene practices and diet, use of fluoride, self-compliance, early screening and appropriate interventions prevent, or at least reduce, the high burden of oral diseases.

How do you maintain good oral health?

Here are some things you can do to maintain a healthy mouth and strong teeth.

  1. Drink fluoridated water and brush with fluoride toothpaste.
  2. Practice good oral hygiene.
  3. Visit your dentist on a regular basis, even if you have no natural teeth or have dentures.
  4. Do not use any tobacco products.
  5. Limit alcoholic drinks.

Why is oral health important to everyone?

Good oral and dental hygiene can help prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease—and can help you keep your teeth as you get older. An unhealthy mouth, especially if you have gum disease, may increase your risk of serious health problems such as heart attack, stroke, poorly controlled diabetes and preterm labor.

How can poor oral health affect the body?

Cardiovascular disease

Having poor oral health you at risk for heart disease. If your gums are inflamed due to the bacteria that causes periodontal disease, that same bacteria can actually get into the bloodstream causing the arteries to build up plaque and harden. This puts you at risk for a heart attack.