Presentation on theme: "T HE I MPORTANCE OF O RAL HEALTH C ARE Chebucto Links Dr. Judy Flecknell Nova Scotia Dental Association."— Presentation transcript:
T HE I MPORTANCE OF O RAL HEALTH C ARE Chebucto Links Dr. Judy Flecknell Nova Scotia Dental Association
C OMMON O RAL C ONDITIONS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF ORAL HYGIENE Dental Decay (caries) Gingivitis Periodontal Disease Dry Mouth
D ENTAL C ARIES AND D IET THE ROLE OF SUGAR Dental plaque + sugar =ACID. Acid weakens teeth and causes cavities. Avoid snacking on foods high in sugar and starch. Water or sugarless gum helps cleanse your mouth after a sugary snack. Dry mouth increases your risk of cavities.
G INGIVITIS AND P ERIODONTAL D ISEASE (G UM D ISEASE !) Major cause of tooth loss. Risk of fungal infection (dentures). Can effect general health. Cardiac health, diabetes and increase risk of pneumonia.