Teeth - your doorway to good health

ORAL health is fundamental to overall good health, so it's worthwhile knowing how to look after your teeth and gums, and what to do when things go awry. Good dental care includes brushing twice daily, flossing and regular dental check-ups.

Keeping a close eye on your teeth and gums, you will ward off problems like these, and let you know if it's time to visit the dentist.

Losing your sense of taste

While advancing age impairs the sense of taste, diseases, medications, and dentures can also contribute to this sensory loss.

Root decay

When the tooth roots become exposed as gum tissue recedes from the tooth, roots do not have any enamel to protect them and are more prone to decay than the crown part of the tooth.

Gum disease

Caused by plaque and made worse by food left in teeth, poor diets, and certain diseases, such as anaemia, cancer, and diabetes.

Uneven jawbone

This is caused by tooth loss and then not replacing missing teeth. This allows the rest of the teeth to drift and shift into open spaces.

Thrush

Diseases or drugs that affect the immune system can trigger the overgrowth of the fungus Candida albicans in the mouth.

Darkened teeth

These are caused, to some extent, by changes thinning of the outer enamel layer which lets the darker dentin underneath show through.

WORTH THE EFFORT: Your teeth are deserving of your good care and regular visits to your local dentist.

WORTH THE EFFORT: Your teeth are deserving of your good care and regular visits to your local dentist.

Dry mouth

Dry mouth is caused by reduced saliva flow. Many medicines can cause dry mouth.

Speak with your local dentist to assist you with your dental health.

GOOD HEALTH: Professional treatment of teeth and gums will improve both the oral and general health of patients.

GOOD HEALTH: Professional treatment of teeth and gums will improve both the oral and general health of patients.

DENTAL HEALTH: Dentists provide a wide range of oral health services to patients of all ages.

DENTAL HEALTH: Dentists provide a wide range of oral health services to patients of all ages.

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