Oral and Dental Health Specialist Dr. Eda Özdere made a statement on the occasion of the World Oral Health Day, which is celebrated in order to reduce the prevalence of oral and dental diseases in the society and to draw attention to the importance of oral health. For this reason, it is important to maintain simple and effective habits such as brushing teeth twice a day, using dental floss and regular doctor check-ups, and healthy eating throughout life.
Saying that there are mostly harmless bacteria in our mouth, Oral and Dental Health Specialist Dr. Eda Özdere said the following:
“Our mouth is the entry point into your digestive and respiratory system, and some bacteria that enter through the mouth can cause illness. In individuals without oral hygiene, these bacteria can reach levels that can lead to oral infections such as tooth decay and gum disease. In addition, some medications used to disrupt the flow of saliva can negatively affect oral hygiene. Because saliva washes the food that enters our mouth and helps protect against germs by neutralizing the acids produced by the bacteria in the mouth. “
Heart disease risk triples
Noting that oral bacteria and gingivitis also cause some chronic diseases, Dr. Eda Özdere said, “The infection that occurs in the heart and called endocarditis usually occurs when bacteria or other microbes entering the body through the mouth reach certain parts of the heart through the bloodstream. According to researches, people with periodontal (inflammation affecting teeth and gums) have a three-fold risk of developing heart disease.
Premature and miscarriage may occur
Noting that unhealthy mouth structure can lead to cardiovascular diseases as well as vital problems such as paralysis and bacterial pneumonia, Dr. Eda Özdere also warns pregnant women. Explaining that according to a five-year study conducted at the University of North Carolina in the USA, the risk of preterm birth and low birth weight increases 7 times in pregnant women with periodontal disease. Eda Ozdere,
“Periodontitis (gum recession) is more frequent and severe in people with diabetes.
Studies show that people with gum disease have more difficulty controlling their blood sugar levels. In short, regular oral and dental care can facilitate diabetes control. In other words, while uncontrolled diabetes invites gum diseases, these untreated diseases make it difficult to control diabetes in individuals with diabetes.
5 basic habits for oral health
So, what should be done for healthy teeth and gums? Acıbadem Ankara Hospital Oral and Dental Health Specialist Dr. Eda Özdere summarizes the simple and effective methods that answer this question as follows:
Brush your teeth regularly, twice a day.
-Use dental floss daily to prevent bad breath, gum irritation and disease from escaping food between teeth.
Visit your dentist regularly to prevent problems that may arise or to detect them at an early stage.
-Eat a healthy and balanced diet.
– Do not smoke.