Dr. Garry Mancini Dr Garry Mancini If your diet is low in the nutrients your body needs, your mouth may have a more difficult time resisting infection – Says Dr Mancini. Taking care of general health and our mouth is the key to making us smile – in your experience how aware are people about this? It still surprises me that there are groups of people who are not dentally aware. Certain individuals fail to see the link between good general health, dental health and the psychological feelings of well-being. It is well recognised that smiling with confidence improves ones state of mind and helps us interact with our friends and colleagues. It is essential that all of us become aware of the health and appearance of our mouths. What are the implications of not practicing good dental care? If we do not practice good dental care we are at risk to dental decay (caries) and periodontal (gum) disease. This can in turn lead to halitosis (bad breath) and in my experience this one of the most common complaints of patients seeking dental care. Good dental care should be considered in two ways. The first is regular visits to the dentist and the hygienist for dental screening and cleaning. It is worth noting that oral cancer is on the increase and as with all cancers early diagnosis is essential. At every dental appointment the dentist will look for any early warning signs of oral cancer. The second important factor in good dental care is what we do ourselves every day. We must brush effectively 2 to 3 times per day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss regularly. Tooth brushing can [...]

Would you Like to read more? Register or login from here.