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Month-Wise Tips for Your Oral Health in 2018

Month-Wise Tips for Your Oral Health in 2018

If you face a trouble with your teeth in 2018, don’t ignore it. This is because as soon as these issues become evident, they turn dangerous for your oral health as well as your overall well-being, aside from draining your wallet. Oral health is a responsibility to be undertaken throughout the year. Starting from the beginning of 2018, be diligent in maintaining your oral health for the future well-being of your mouth.

Here is a brief compilation of month-wise oral health tips for 2018:

January

National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Some research has correlated gum disease with premature birth and low birth weight. It has also been observed that children born to pregnant women, with a history of tooth decay problems, are potential candidates for getting cavities before the age of five.

Maintaining your gum and teeth health during pregnancy can be helpful for both you and your baby’s health.

February

National Children’s Dental Health Month

Healthy teeth are crucial for the overall well-being of your child. Forming good oral care habits in the initial stage of your child’s life can help your child maintain healthy teeth for life.

For cleaning your infant’s teeth, you should use a gentle clean cloth or baby toothbrush. Never put your baby to bed with a feeding bottle and regularly check teeth for spots or stains.

National Gum Disease Awareness Month

It is important to get regular dental checkups to eliminate tartar and obtain early indications of gum disease, but oral health care starts at home by taking good care of your teeth and gums.

Correct brushing and flossing habits go a long way toward protection from gum disease. Antibacterial toothpaste and mouth rinse are effective in destroying bacteria and decrease the quantity of plaque in your mouth. Getting rid of dental plaque is the primary approach towards preventing gum disease and enhancing mouth health.

March

National Nutrition Month

The foods you prefer and how frequently you consume them can impact your overall health and the well-being of your teeth and gums, too. Eating diverse, nutrient-rich foods from different food categories boosts healthy teeth and gums.

A balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein, and dairy products provides key nutrients for the best oral health as well as general health.

Root Canal Awareness Week (March 30-April 5)

The ‘pulp’ exists in the hollow center inside your tooth. It’s a delicate tissue comprising up of blood vessels and nerves that supply oxygen, nutrients, and sensation in the tooth. If you have injured or infected pulp in any of the roots of your teeth, or a wound has developed, you may require a root canal treatment.

Root canal treatment involves the dental procedure to replace damaged or contaminated pulp in the root canal of your teeth, with a filling.

April

National Facial Protection Month

Your face can be at great risk during an activity that involves a physical encounter with something hard like another player, a ball, the pavement, or any tough object. During such times, you should resort to putting on a mouth guard. Many wounds can be quite less serious or even completely avoided by just choosing to wear a mouth guard!

Mouth guards are an intelligent investment in your oral health.

May

National Women’s Health Week

Mother’s Day marks the start of National Women’s Health Week. Women may be far more prone to oral health troubles due to the unique hormonal transformation experienced by them. Hormones have the reputation of affecting both the blood flow to the gum tissue and the body’s reaction to the toxic matter that is produced by plaque buildup. As a consequence of these modifications, women are more susceptible to the growth of gum disease and other oral health issues at definite stages of their lives.

June

National Men’s Health Week (June 9-15)

Men perform worse than women in numerous aspects of oral health, like frequency of gum disease, tooth loss and particular types of oral infections. Some of these variations indicate dental health practices that are missing largely in men than in women, apart from incidences of higher blood pressure and risk of heart disease. The medications taken by men to control these conditions can also be the factors contributing towards their poor oral health.

July

National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month

Several oral issues are caused due to cleft & craniofacial defects. Common craniofacial birth deformities include cleft lip, cleft palate, or both. Both can create diverse problems, like trouble eating, speech problems, ear infections and poorly aligned teeth. The defect may be hereditary or the outcome of environmental influence during pregnancy. A cleft lip or palate can impact both baby and mature teeth, involving the alignment, size, shape and teeth count.

It is possible to rectify both cleft lip and palate with the help of surgery, which is normally performed between 3 to 6 months of age.

August

National Health Center Week

Many people still lack sufficient access to dental care. A lot of them are forced to put up with the disease that remains untreated, and the risk of disease follows, yet many more, usually because they aren’t aware of proper teeth and gum care or are not having access to routine preventive care. Health centers come to the rescue of such needy individuals. These centers include community-supported and patient-oriented organizations.

Health centers can provide a wide range, superior quality, and culturally-suitable principal healthcare services in areas that present limitations to individual’s access to inexpensive healthcare service. This is due to the economic, geographic, and/or cultural barriers that limit proper healthcare.

September

National Gum Care Month

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease is an unhealthy condition impacting the tissues around your tooth. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults and is caused by the plaque bacteria present on your teeth.

If not eliminated through regular brushing and flossing, the build-up of plaque can cause gum and teeth infection. Finally, the excessive plaque build-up can have a severe impact on both your gum tissue and the bone supporting your teeth, leading to tooth loss.

October

National Dental Hygiene Month

Dental hygiene requires you to maintain a good oral care routine to prevent future oral health problems. Visiting your dentist and dental hygienist every six months, along with your own in-house routine dental care program should form an intrinsic part of maintaining your oral health. A decent in-house program supported by routine cleanings and dental check-ups also helps in preventing dental emergencies.

November

American Diabetes Month

Diabetes can adversely impact your overall health, including your mouth. So you should ensure to pay special attention to caring for your teeth and gums. It’s also crucial to controlling your blood sugar throughout. Over time, enhanced blood glucose levels can place you in danger of oral health problems. You can make some efforts to prevent these problems, beginning with the key aspect of proper mouth, teeth, and gum care.

National TMJ Awareness Month

Troubles with your jaw and your facial muscles that control it are called temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) often referred as TMJ. It usually causes intense pain and discomfort. It can be short-lived or may last many years.

To determine the reason behind your TMJ disorder, the dentist will inquire about your medical history and perform a physical exam. You may be directed to an oral surgeon (maxillofacial surgeon) for advanced care and treatment.

Mouth Cancer Awareness Month

Oral cancer incorporates cancers in your mouth and the pharynx. An oral cancer investigation can discover early signs of cancer. Check your mouth on a regular basis for peculiar sores and visit a dental professional regularly to get a thorough examination of your whole mouth.

Regular brushing and flossing can help avoid a lot of oral health problems, including oral cancers. Avoid the use of tobacco and heavy alcohol consumption to reduce the risk of oral cancers.

December

International Aids Awareness Month

People suffering from HIV/AIDS are more prone to infection in their mouth, teeth, and gums, which can impact their overall health. One of the initial parts of your body impacted by HIV infection may be your mouth. This is because your immune system gets weakened by HIV, which will make you vulnerable to infections and other health problems.

Dental and mouth problems linked to HIV can be excruciating, which can lead to chewing or swallowing difficulties. Most oral health problems accompanying HIV are curable. Discuss with your dentist regarding the best treatment option for you.