The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a statement in 2012 where it outlined the importance of oral health to our general health and an improved quality of life. If you have a problem such as tooth decay, tooth loss, periodontal disease or one of the multitude of possible oral health problems, your capacity to bite, chew and even smile will be limited.
The Scale of the Problem
The WHO states that almost all adults suffer from dental cavities and up to 90% of children suffer the same fate. An estimated 30% of people in the 65-74 year old demographic are missing all their natural teeth. There are a number of factors behind these startling statistics and the modern diet is certain one of the most prominent.
Too many people have a poor diet which includes a high sugar and acidic content and not nearly enough fluoride and calcium. Poor hygiene and tobacco are other causes of mouth, gum and tooth problems. Individuals in Northern Thailand and India chew significant quantities of a spicy leaf & betel nut which only makes the problem worse.
There are a host of low-cost solutions which are also sustainable over the long-term. Weekly dental check-ups in schools and rewards for good dental hygiene are great places to start. Adding fluoride to drinking water could also reduce dental cavities by up to 40% in children. A reduction in processed food consumption and a switch to foods which require more chewing (like whole-wheat bread) to stimulate the flow of saliva can protect your teeth from cavities.
If your oral health is in jeopardy, you may need to consider the assistance of cosmetic dentistry. The team of experts at PMDC Dental in Bangkok can perform a number of innovative dental procedures which can not only make your teeth look great; these techniques can also help improve your oral health.