Oral Healthcare and Prevention

In order to maintain a healthy smile, it’s always better to practice prevention than to wait until a problem has progressed. The cost alone is incentive to keep up with regular cleanings with your local dentist.

Good oral hygiene is an important factor in anyone’s overall well-being. Recent research suggests that bacteria and inflammation associated with gum disease plays a role in major health issues such as heart disease, and even late onset dementia. Regular dental exams and cleanings are an important step in your oral healthcare routine.

During an exam, your dentist will perform a complete visual inspection of the oral cavity and review of x-rays to identify decay or disease. The hygienist will gently remove excess plaque and tarter, which is the main cause of decay and periodontal disease. The ADA (American Dental Association) recommends a dental cleaning and exam at least every 6 months for optimal function and health.

All of our dental offices are equipped with state of the art Digital Radiography machines that reduce exposure to our patients considerably, which ensures your care is as safe as possible.

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Making Oral Healthcare and Prevention Affordable

The ADA, state and other local dental societies, as well as local dentists like Drs. Marino and Nassif have a proud history of finding ways to provide care to people who for whatever reason cannot access it. But clearly, more aggressive action is needed. The ADA this year launched Action for Dental Health, Dentists Making a Difference, an aggressive campaign to deliver care now to people suffering from untreated disease; strengthen and expand the public/private safety net to provide more care to more Americans, and bring dental health education and disease prevention to people in underserved communities.

Action for oral healthcare and prevention now represents all existing and new ADA programs and initiatives aimed at improving oral health in underserved individuals and communities. For this reason, we have renamed this ongoing series of statements from its previous “Breaking Down Barriers to Oral Health for All Americans.”

Prevention will never be a universal approach. There will always be oral diseases that have progressed to the point that restorative care is needed. But the amount of disease in the American population can be reduced dramatically. We hope to be able to make oral healthcare and prevention easily accessible, and easy to maintain.

Obstacles in the Community for Oral Healthcare and Prevention

There are a lot of factors in addition to income and ethnicity that can stand in the way of oral healthcare and prevention, including education level, age, language barriers, cultural factors, oral health literacy, ability to perform daily oral health care, insurance status, and location all come into play, often in combination with one another. Habits such as neglecting to brush and floss, using tobacco and alcohol, and eating poorly also can adversely affect dental health and can be difficult to replace with health habits.

People with developmental disabilities suffer from a high occurrence of oral health issues and gum disease for a number of reasons, ranging from physical conditions like an inability to hold a toothbrush to a simple lack of understanding of how to practice oral healthcare and prevention. These types of disabilities can make people more susceptible to oral disease and at the same time, make it more difficult for them to obtain treatment.

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Community Outreach and National for Oral Healthcare and Prevention

An increasing number of non-profit and local foundations are emphasizing the importance of joining forces and improving oral healthcare and prevention for everyone. More than two dozen national and regional philanthropic organizations meet quarterly to ensure there is accessibility for everyone to stay in charge of their oral health. Many strong and active voices in community health and national health participate in these policy discussions with the intention of creating new opportunities for public-private partnerships focused on innovations for better oral healthcare and prevention in communities across the United States.

Unique Scenarios Requiring Specialized Oral Healthcare and Prevention

  • Women of Childbearing Age: Women of childbearing age should have healthy practices to prevent periodontal diseases, which can, in turn, lead to low birth weight and other pre-natal complications.
  • Pregnancy: During pregnancy, a spike in progesterone and other hormones can cause an upset in your body’s normal chemistry. Unfortunate results include gingivitis, too little or too much saliva, or even benign, tumor-like growths on your gums called granulomas. Stomach acids from morning sickness can encourage tooth decay by dissolving tooth enamel. The best treatment for these problems is to prevent them by practicing good oral healthcare. Consult your dentist or doctor with any medical concerns.
  • Menopause and Post Menopause: when women reach menopause, estrogen deficiency puts them at risk for periodontal disease. Many also have burning mouth syndrome (BMS). This disorder is characterized by an unpleasant tingling sensation occasionally associated with changes in taste perception. The condition is treated with medicated creams or lozenges, or with oral medications.
  • Children: Sugars left on the teeth can lead to ECC or Early childhood caries, a distinctive pattern of tooth decay. At first glance, you may notice white spots near the gum line. These spots will turn brown as the tooth decay progresses. Early treatment is important to reduce the level of decay.
  • Teenagers: Young women going through puberty may experience mouth sores or swollen gums during monthly cycles.
  • Older Adults: As you age, your ability to chew can become less effective, especially if you have missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures. You may also be taking medications that cause dry mouth. This problem can cause difficulty swallowing, increasing your risk of malnutrition. In addition, having a dry mouth can cause bacteria to build up, causing bad breath, gum disease, and infection.



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