A smile is a gateway into one’s life. You can determine someone’s health, friendliness and care for their appearance when you see someone’s upturned lips. You can also think about your own health when you examine your smile, as you know how you take care of your teeth. You are the gatekeeper to better dental health and overall well being.
Worldental.org posted an article about assessing dental health. There are various factors to consider, including your age, stage of life, and daily habits. These assessments are key for maintaining good dental and overall health.
People of all ages benefit from good dental health, with periodic professionals check-ups being an essential part. Outside of the dentist chair, parents should be diligent in their care for their kid’s dental health-- babies need regular monitoring for eruptions, and toddlers for discomfort and discoloration. School-age kids should be taught to check their teeth and gums for swelling, bleeding, redness and pain. Puberty brings cosmetic options, as fully-grown teeth can be straightened, whitened, or shaped.
Life stages also influence oral health. Puberty brings hormonal changes, growth spurts and other changes. Reproductive years need extra care for teeth—additional cleanings and check-ups. Those playing sports and participating in athletics should wear protective mouth gear and look out for injuries. Retirement age is synonymous with gum erosion, loosening teeth and bone loss, and poor dental health can be linked to worsening health problems in other areas—not to mention discomfort.
You can ward off poor oral health by maintaining good habits. Proper nutrition (healthy foods, for instance), regular brushing and flossing can prevent cavities and plaque from doing damage to tooth enamel, and it can also foster strong bones and healthy gums. Even if you’re late to practicing good dental health, it is never too late to incorporate new habits to improve your teeth and your bodily health.