Sunday, February 15, 2009

Oral Care- Teeth and gums

Oral care is an important and integral part of our everyday lives. Tooth decay remains a common problem although preventable for people of all ages.

It tends to occur to people with poor dental hygiene, diets rich in sugar, dry mouth; who drink unfluoridated water or to those on certain medications. We need to continue to keep our teeth and gums healthy.

Your teeth and gums
Your tooth can divided into three basic parts. The outer part of your tooth is the enamel, a hard and protective covering made up of 97% calcium over the softer but larger fraction of dentine. Below the dentine, there is the pulp that consists of nerves and blood vessels. Teeth are held in place by fibres located between a thin layer called the cementum and bone. Healthy gums are normally pink, firm and do not bleed when brushed. A person has gingivitis when his/her gums are red.

Source: Health care booklet from Guardian pharmacy
Marco's comment
Good oral care is not only affecting one's health, but the general outlook and image as well.

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