Dental health refers to any health-related issues pertaining to the mouth. That means we’re of course talking about your teeth, but also your gums, jawbones, tongue, and lips. Taking care of your dental health will help prevent mouth disease, but dental health means more than just having a nice smile. Your whole mouth should be in good health, not just the teeth. Furthermore, oral health in general is important for your overall health. With that in mind, it is good to know how to maintain good oral hygiene and to be aware of some of the basic causes of poor dental health.
Some truths about dental care
There are a lot of truths and myths about oral care. One widely held belief that is actually true is that consuming acidic things like lemons, orange juice, and sodas can be detrimental to your oral health. The foods themselves do not cause cavities, but they can erode the enamel that protects your teeth. This makes the teeth weaker and therefore more susceptible to decay. Another widely held belief that is true is that cavities no longer decay the tooth after they are treated. Once you get a filling to treat a cavity, and if you can maintain good flossing and brushing habits, you are not likely to get a cavity in that spot again.
Misconceptions about dental care
Just as there are widely held beliefs that are actually true, some of those beliefs do not hold up when placed under the scrutiny of dentists. For example, many people think that children are more prone to get cavities than adults. That’s actually not true. Public health programs like preventative care and fluoridated water have substantially reduced the amount of tooth decay in young kids over the last two decades. There is also the misconception that placing an aspirin next to a tooth will assuage the feelings of a toothache. That is not the case. In fact, aspirin contains a lot of acid, so putting it next to your tooth in your mouth can damage your gum tissue and leave you with an abscess. Dentists recommend simply swallowing the aspirin. Finally, many people believe that fillings do not last and will always need to be replaced. Unless the filling breaks and cavities appear around the site of the filling, there is no need to replace it. Brushing twice every day and drinking fluoridated water, in addition to flossing daily, will ensure that your fillings last.
The cost of dental implants
If your oral health declines to the point where you actually lose a tooth, you may consider getting a dental implant. Dental implant costs can vary depending on a wide range of factors. Different dentists may charge different prices for the procedure itself, and where in your mouth the implant will go also affects the cost. The material used in the implant and the amount of coverage your dental insurance plan offers also affects the cost. A single implant can cost anywhere from 900 dollars to 3,000 dollars, depending on the factors mentioned previously.