Thanks to the internet and easier, widespread access to healthcare, many people are becoming more knowledgeable about their oral health. There’s always more to learn though, so here are some interesting facts about your oral health that you may not have known.
- Some medications can lead to cavities
Dry mouth can be brushed off as merely an annoying side affect of medication, but if not treated properly, it can cause multiple oral health issues. Antihistamines, antidepressants, high blood pressure medication, and many other medications can cause dry mouth, a condition that leads to a lack of natural saliva production. A lack of saliva in the mouth can lead to gum disease, difficulty speaking or swallowing, mouth fungus, and cavities. If dry mouth is a side effect of any of your medication, you should do your best to stay hydrated throughout the day to compensate for the loss of natural saliva.
- Oral Health issues can indicate more severe health problems
If you are suffering from persistent oral health problems, you should not only call your dentist, but also your doctor right away because it may be a sign that you have a more serious health issue. Infected or bleeding gums can indicate cardiovascular problems, oncoming or worsening diabetes, or respiratory issues.
- Electric toothbrushes are no better than traditional toothbrushes
According to Consumer Reports, electric toothbrushes can remove up to 21% more plaque than a traditional toothbrush, but dental experts are unsure just how helpful that much extra plaque removal is in the grand scheme of your oral health. Oral health experts have found that the type of tooth brush doesn’t make as much of a difference to the health of your teeth and gums as long as you are keeping up a healthy cleaning schedule.
- Be wary of DIY braces
There’s been some buzz lately about 3D printing braces for a fraction of what an orthodontist visit would cost, while also significantly cutting down the amount of time it takes to achieve the results of braces. The oral health community may or may not embrace new technology to help make expensive procedures like braces more affordable, but until the experts have had a chance to truly study the effects, for the sake of your long-term health, it is best to stick with the advice of those who have spent their lives studying how to protect your teeth and you.
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