October – The Month of National Dental Hygiene

October – The Month of National Dental Hygiene

October is National Dental Hygiene month in the United States of America. In this month, awareness about the significance of having healthy gums and teeth is created all over the country. Dental experts and professionals educate and enlighten people about the different risks and threats pertaining to oral health. There are diverse dental conditions and diseases which people are unaware of or which are often overlooked. For instance, people often pay no heed to tooth decay although they should be aware that if tooth decay is ignored and treatment is not started, then it could lead to more severe and complicated conditions. Instead of getting treatment for tooth decay, some individuals neglect it and eventually they have to go through more expensive and invasive treatments such as root canal therapy, etc.
Dental caries are among the most common oral diseases of an infectious nature, according to a research published in the Australian Dental Journal. What most people do not know is the fact that tooth decay is contagious, which means that it can be easily passed along to others.
The oral cavity or the mouth is the chief gateway to the rest of the body and if the mouth is unhealthy or if it is affected by a virus, bacteria or fungi then the whole body can be easily affected as well. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) called attention to this fact.
This month, dental experts inform people that regular visits to the dentist’s office are extremely important. By visiting the dentist for a routine checkup, you can prevent numerous dental diseases as well as diseases of your general health. If a disease exists then it can be diagnosed in its early stages and the treatment can be started immediately. These diseases include HIV infection, herpes virus infection and oral cancer. This is the reason that by putting off one visit to the dentist’s office, you do not only allow your existing dental disease to worsen, but you also endanger your general health by evading treatment for any other non- dental diseases.
According to dental experts periodontal disease, if not treated properly, can also lead to severe systemic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and pregnancy complications such as premature deliveries. Gum disease should not be neglected and treatment should be started immediately before it can cause more severe diseases.
Another very common dental problem is chronic bad breath. This is a very annoying condition and individuals suffering from this should visit the dentist’s office for a checkup.It has been witnessed that people who suffer from halitosis, discoloured or damaged teeth, misaligned teeth, or other similar dental issues can face difficulty in finding a good job.  The first attribute the human resource manager most probably wants to see is a bright and healthy smile from the applicant.

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