Importance of Good Oral Health - Ala Dean Attar, DMD

Importance of Oral Health

Although seemingly unrelated, disorders of oral health often correlate with broader health disorders of the cardiovascular, repository, endocrine, and reproductive systems. In the United States, only 8% of adults between the ages of 20-64 were entirely free of cavities in their permanent teeth.

Mild cavities usually require a dentist to drill into the tooth in order to fill it with a non-bioactive substance. To prevent this damage from spreading any further, the necrotic tissue must be surgically removed while the remaining roots and non-necrotic tissue are permanently sealed off. Upon a positive identification of tooth decay from using this technique, dentists may then elect to clean, seal, and strengthen the region using fluoride.

Oral cavities do not have a single cause, and instead, emerge from the complex interactions of a variety of environmental factors. It can take only 20 minutes for this process to begin, as food acids begin to break down tooth enamel after the end of a meal. Fortunately, regular tooth brushing and flossing removes most food remnants and is the easiest way to maintain your oral health.

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