Why is basic dental care important?
- prevents tooth decay
- prevents gum disease (periodontal), which can damage gum tissue and the bones that support teeth, and in the long term can lead to the loss of teeth.
- shortens time with the dentist and dental hygienist, and makes the trip more comfortable.
- Saves money; by preventing tooth decay and gum disease, you can reduce the need for fillings and other costly procedures.
- Helps prevent bad breath. Brushing and flossing rid the mouth of the bacteria that causes bad breath.
- Helps keep teeth white by preventing staining from foods, drinks, and tobacco.
- Improves overall health.
- makes it possible for your teeth to last a lifetime.
Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus. They are very contagious. Usually, you will have tenderness, tingling, or burning before the actual sore appears. Cold sores usually begin as blisters and then crust over. The herpes virus can live in your body for years. It only appears as a mouth sore when something triggers it, such as;
- another illness, especially if there is a fever
- hormone changes
- sun exposure
Different types of sores can appear anywhere in the mouth. Some of the places mouth sores can occur are:
- bottom of the mouth
- inner cheeks
Mouth sores can be caused by irritation from:
- a sharp or broken tooth or poorly fitted dentures
- biting your cheek, tongue, or lip
- burning your mouth from hot foods or drinks
- chewing tobacco
Mouthwash or mouthrinse is used as an effective home care system by the patient to enhance oral hygiene. Some manufacturers of mouth wash claim that antiseptic and antiplaque mouthrinse kill the bacterial plaque causing cavities, gingivitis, and bad breath. Anti-cavity mouthrinses use fluoride to protect against tooth decay. It is, however, generally agreed that the use of mouthwash does not eliminate the need for both brushing and flossing.
Dr. James L. Johnson