Oral health is more than simply looking after your teeth, it involves taking care of your entire mouth. The good news is the majority of oral health problems are preventable.
Risk factors for oral health problems include unhealthy diet, tobacco use, excessive alcohol use, and poor oral hygiene.
Regular dental check-ups are important. You should also visit a dental professional if you have:
- A toothache – this may be caused by dental decay
- Bleeding gums – this may be caused by gum disease. Some viral infections can also make gums inflamed
- Facial swelling – this may be caused by dental decay or wisdom teeth
- Dental trauma – a tooth may be loosened or knocked out. If a permanent tooth is knocked out, wrap it in plastic or place it in milk and seek dental advice immediately
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