Consistent and prudent oral care is critical to maintaining healthy teeth, gums and tongue.
Whether you realize it or not, oral health impacts almost every aspect of our lives. Having said that, it is often taken for granted. Ultimately, your mouth is a snapshot into the overall health of your body. As it stands, your mouth can show signs of nutritional deficiencies or even infections.
Regardless of your age, educating yourself on good oral health is important. While many Americans sustain excellent oral hygiene, cavities continue to be the most prevalent chronic disease of childhood. Around 100 million Americans avoid the dentist each year, which means people are missing appointments that can prevent and treat a variety of dental diseases. While most people believe that you should only see a dentist if you are experiencing oral pain, regular visits are a good practice.
Some ways to practice good oral hygiene include consistently brushing your teeth twice a day with toothpaste, flossing, replacing your toothbrush, and eating a balanced diet. Furthermore, one dentist in Mesa recommends reading the following three books about oral health. You’ll be happy that you did!
Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America
By: Mary Otto
Teeth takes readers on a disturbing journey into America’s silent epidemic of oral disease, exposing the hidden connections between tooth decay and stunted job prospects, low educational achievement, social mobility, and the troubling state of our public health. Otto’s subjects include the pioneering dentist who made Shirley Temple and Judy Garland’s teeth sparkle on the silver screen and helped create the all-American image of “pearly whites”; Deamonte Driver, the young Maryland boy whose tragic death from an abscessed tooth sparked congressional hearings; and a marketing guru who offers advice to dentists on how to push new and expensive treatments and how to keep Medicaid patients at bay. – thenewpress.com
Early Childhood Oral Health
Editors(s): Joel H. Berg DDS, MS and Rebecca L. Slayton DDS, PhD
Dental caries has been called a “silent epidemic” and is the most prevalent chronic disease affecting children. Though much has been written on the science and practice of managing this disease, publications are diverse in their loci, preventing easy access to the reader. Early Childhood Oral Health coalesces all the important information related to this topic in a comprehensive reference for students, academics, and practitioners. – onlinelibrary.wiley.com
The Oral Health Bible
By: Michael Bonner, Earl L. Mindell
Dr. Bonner believes that the mouth is a doorway to achieving peak health and wellness in all the body’s systems. His informative book The Oral Health Bible contains an action plan for taking charge of our oral health and it educates us and our doctors and dentists by detailing how many debilitating health problems – conditions such as arteriosclerosis, heart attacks, strokes, rheumatoid arthritis, and premature and low-birth-weight babies – are intimately linked to oral health and hygiene. – Google Books