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Did you know that many other factors can influence oral health?  Stress is a great example.  Acute stress causes the body to release stress hormones.  These hormones affect the body in multiple ways.  They affect saliva properties and hence alter the balance between bacteria in the mouth and under the gums and immunity.  This results in gum inflammation and other issues.  Stress can cause a dry mouth.   A dry mouth can cause an increase of bacterial numbers.  “Stress eating” is a well-known result of acute stress.  Needless to mention that stress eating has effects on oral and general health.

Should dentists support vaccination against HPV?

There is a noted rise in the number of HPV associated cancers.  The HPV vaccine could help prevent the vast majority of the oropharyngeal cases.  Should we then be more vigilant and have our youth vaccinated?

Fluoride is a mineral found in soil and various foods. It has a positive effect on oral health by making teeth more resistant to decay. Fluoride can also prevent or even reverse tooth decay that has started.  https://www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral_health/cfyt/dental_care_children/fluoride.asp.  Community water fluoridation is an important investment for all age groups, particularly children. Scientific evidence continues to support the health promoting effects of fluoridating drinking water which is a cost-effective population-health method of preventing tooth decay. (http://www.firstvisitfirsttooth.ca/),  https://www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral_health/cfyt/dental_care_children/fluoride.asp

The presence of braces in the mouth acts as an extra niche for plaque and bacteria to percolate.  It is necessary for teens to be even more vigilant about their oral health while having their braces in place.

Poor oral hygiene and health results in cavities, gingivitis and permanent marks on teeth (called decalcification areas).  Parents of teens are urged to gently encourage their kids to persist with good oral care.

Your dental healthcare professional can provide good tips, pointers and suggestions for effective cleaning aides.

As we go into shorter days and less sunlight, some of us may experience a low energy state, irritability and even depression.  This is a recognized condition called SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).  Being aware of it is critical.  The treatment is easy to implement once a diagnosis has been established.  Consult your health professional, get as much sunlight as possible and have a Vitamin D supplement.

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