There’s a lot more to oral health than just daily brushing and annual visits to the dentist.
Some of your daily activities or habits can affect oral health. It is therefore wise to pay attention to your teeth and gums. As the principal in New York-based Upper East Dental Innovations, a practice that specializes in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, Sharde Harvey, DDS presents the following information:
- Bad oral health impacts overall health and increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and poor birth rates
- Eighty percent of Americans over the age of 35 have some form of gum disease
- Antidepressants may cause tooth enamel defects. Their common side effect is dry mouth, which can be helped by increasing your water intake.
- Swimming in overly chlorinated pools can wear away the enamel in frequent swimmers.
- Bulimia and acid reflux can destroy tooth enamel. Enamel erosion is a major sign of bulimia.
- Most people don’t know they have bad breath. Test your breath by scraping your tongue with floss or a tongue scraper and giving it a sniff. If your mouth is clean, you won’t have a telltale smell.
- One in four adults age 65 and older has lost all of his/her teeth.
- Millions of Americans can crack a walnut with their teeth. While most adults exert about 20 to 40 pounds of pressure when their teeth make contact, millions of Americans exert as much as 250 pounds of pressure on their teeth-enough to crack a walnut. These teeth grinders are known as bruxers.
- If you kiss someone who has bad bacteria in his/her mouth, their saliva could pass the bacteria on to you, thereby causing cavities. On the other hand, others believe that kissing may actually prevent cavities since saliva is the body’s natural way of cleaning the mouth.
- Pregnancy can cause gum disease. Gum disease has been linked to premature birth.