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Taking care of your teeth and gums is an essential part of caring for your overall health. Here is a selection of some of the most commonly asked questions about oral hygiene we’re asked at Dentistico. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask your dentist or any member of team Dentistico. We’re glad to help.

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Q. What causes tooth decay?
A. Decay is caused by bacteria that collect on teeth and feed on the carbohydrates in our diet. The bacteria produce acid that wears away at the enamel on our teeth. If decay is left untreated, it can cause pain, infection and even tooth loss. Protect your teeth against decay by brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, visiting your dentist regularly, and avoiding sugary foods.

Q. How are problems in my mouth linked to problems in the rest of my body?
A. Research has found a connection between the health of your mouth and your overall wellness. Diabetes, osteoporosis, HIV, eating disorders, heart disease, stroke, cardiovascular disease and others have been linked to oral problems that, if left untreated, can have a significant impact on your health. Good oral hygiene is essential to a healthy smile and a healthy body.

Q. What are the most common oral health problems?

A. Cavities and gum disease are the most common problems. Both can be prevented with regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups.

Q. What is dry mouth and what can I do about it?

A. Dry mouth is caused by a reduced flow of saliva. Saliva is needed to help control bacteria and wash away food debris. Certain medications, some diseases, smoking and chewing tobacco can cause dry mouth. If you suffer from dry mouth, talk to your dentist about ways to treat it.

Q. How often should I see a dentist?

A. Once every 6 months is good for most people, but some people with special conditions may need to see their dentist more often. Talk to your dentist about what’s best for you.

Q. How often should I change my toothbrush?

A. Every 3 months or sooner if the bristles become worn and frayed. If you’ve been sick with a cold or other bacterial infection, it’s wise to replace your toothbrush once you’re better.

Q. What are some of the symptoms of oral cancer?

A. Oral cancer often starts as a tiny, unnoticed white or red spot in the mouth. It can affect the lips, gums, cheeks, tongue and palate. Oral cancer is the most common cancer in India; as 4 in 10 of all cancers are oral cancers. Annually 1.3 lakh people succumb to oral cancer in India which translates to approximately 14 deaths per hour. Early detection is key to effective treatment. In addition to an oral cancer screen that is part of every exam, Dentistico also offers a state-of-the-art oral cancer screening that can detect the disease in its earliest stages. Seeing a dentist every 6 months is crucial in the fight against oral cancer.

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