Topic 3 Oral health

Most common health problems in adults

Why is it important?

  • Linked with general health and specific conditions
  • Mouth is the entry point of the body (respiratory & digestive tracts) 🡪 these bacteria can cause specific diseases

Conditions linked with oral health

Endocarditis: inflammation of the inner lining of your heart’s chambers and valves (endocardium)

Cardiovascular disease (CVD): a general term for conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels, including heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke

Pregnancy and birth complications

Pregnancy and birth complications

Maintaining oral health

Drink fluoridated water & brush with fluoride toothpaste

Brush teeth thoroughly twice a day and floss daily between to remove plaque

Alcohol and tobacco have a bad impact and should be avoided

If you have sudden changes in taste and smell, visit your doctor or dentist

Drink more water, eat crunchy fruits & vegetables and avoid sugar

Don’t neglect your tongue

Don’t go to bed without brushing your teeth

Visit dentist once or a year

If you take medication that causes dry mouth, ask your doctor for different one. If this can’t be avoided, drink water, chew sugar free gum and avoid tobacco & alcohol