Wear your smile with confidence

Published 7:00 am Thursday, March 22, 2018

This week, those with a love for their teeth recognized World Oral Health Day, a global awareness campaign organized by FDI World Dental Federation to stress the importance of maintaining dental hygiene to prevent oral diseases.

Seldom do people realize that overlooking dental health can have long-term effects to the entire body.

The Mississippi State Department of Health recommends the use of preventive care and early detection to fight the onset of oral diseases. Such ailments, if left undetected, could lead to further health complications.

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The human body is a complex system comprised of interconnected parts. Damage to one could cause another to suffer. That is true for dental care. To prevent onset of oral diseases it’s best to start good dental hygiene habits early in life.

So far, I’ve been lucky enough to not have to make a visit to the dentist for problems associated with cavities or gum disease. But not everyone is so lucky.

Part of that is due to regular maintenance.

Some basic tips suggested by dental hygienists to maintain healthy teeth and gums primarily includes scheduling a visit to the dentist at least twice each year.

Parents should be watchful of their children’s diet and make sure they do not consume food items high in sugar.

Plaque buildup commonly occurs in the corners of the mouth, where a toothbrush cannot reach. To remove those sources of harmful bacteria, dentists recommend flossing every day. The habit can also prevent tooth decay.

As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Employing a healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables, quitting smoking and avoiding alcohol are also helpful in protecting your oral health.

They say the smile is the best accessory one can wear.

Taking care of your teeth will ensure you have a smile to be proud of.