- Good oral health is important because it not only combats oral disease, but poor dental health can increase risk of serious health conditions like heart disease.
- Be mindful of any physical changes in the mouth like bleeding, swollen gums, mouth sores, color changes, and cracked, loose, or lost teeth.
- Pain in the jaw, mouth, teeth or even in the form of sensitivity can be an indicator that something is wrong.
- To prevent oral disease, brush and floss at least twice a day and go for regular dental check up and cleanings.
Oral health is so important but it’s often overlooked. According to the World Health Organization, oral disease affects nearly 3.5 billion people. People either don’t brush their teeth enough or properly, they don’t floss every day, and many people don’t even visit the dentist on a regular basis! In certain areas of the world there is limited access to dental care, but even in America it’s estimated that 100 million people don’t go to the dentist annually.
While it might seem like the worst that can happen is a cavity here and there, it can actually be much more dangerous. Aside from the obvious issue of loosing teeth and developing gum disease, poor dental health increases our risk for other health conditions like heart disease. To stay healthy, be mindful of these 13 oral health warning signs that should never be ignored…
Bleeding or Swollen Gums
Not surprisingly, seeing blood in the sink after brushing your teeth is cause for concern. Healthy gums will not bleed if brushing properly or flossing regularly. Healthline explains that our gums (gingiva) are what hold our teeth in place. “They’re responsible for creating a barrier between your tooth roots, nerves, and blood vessels and the food and drinks you consume,” writes the source. If our gums aren’t healthy, it puts our teeth in jeopardy.
Bleeding or swollen gums could be a sign of gum disease, warns Healthline. It could mean there is a significant amount of bacteria in the mouth that is causing the gums to become inflamed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 4 in 10 adults over the age of 30 had gum disease between 2009 and 20014. To protect your health, it’s important to see the dentist on a regular basis and have them assess your gum tissue and teeth.