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Why Dental Decay Is Scary


By: E Kumar Sharma, Business Today

Believe it or not, poor dental health will not only cost you a fortune when you seek emergency dental care but may also lead to serious health problems such as gum inflammation, tooth loss, bone issues, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Failure to maintain oral hygiene is emerging as a new area of concern as people now live longer and gorge more on junk foods. Many people often neglect simple things like brushing their teeth at night (brushing should be done twice a day, every day, along with flossing). Such negligence, coupled with unhealthy food habits over a long period, can have a damaging impact on dental health.

It is quite serious as addiction to aerated drinks is on the rise. The erosion of tooth enamel exposes nerve endings and leads to rapid tooth decay after that. Sugar, included in some food flavoring agents or food additives, is also bad for your teeth while regular intake of tea and coffee is likely to stain them.

Doctors will also ask you to use the good old tongue scraper as most of the bacteria are there on your tongue. Also, be careful about the kind of toothpaste, toothbrush, mouthwash, tooth whitener and bleach you are using – they should only contain effective and safe ingredients.

Gum care is of critical importance and negligence in this respect may lead to gingivitis (gum inflammation and bleeding) and other gum diseases, which are often linked to diabetes, stroke, heart conditions and lung infections. In brief, oral hygiene cannot be ignored just because one has a hectic work schedule.

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